Stickin’ to his guns? The NRA helped elect Bernie Sanders to Congress. Now he’s telling a different story.

Stickin’ to his guns? The NRA helped elect Bernie Sanders to Congress. Now he’s telling a different story.

Gun Rights

By Lorie Shaull – https://www.flickr.com/photos/number7cloud/30924024642/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65061580 Four hours after a former city worker gunned down 12 people at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center last month, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took to Twitter to call for gun control. “The days of the NRA controlling Congress and writing our gun laws must end,” he wrote , referring to the National Rifle Association. “Congress must listen to the American people and pass gun safety legislation. This sickening gun violence must stop.” In a statement to the New York Times , Sanders spokesperson Arianna Jones said he would “continue pushing for policy that reflects the urgency of this national crisis, including his three-decades-old support for an assault weapons ban.” The response was classic Sanders. Central to his 2020 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is the notion that he has consistently supported the same policies — and opposed the same special interests — throughout his half century in public life. An October 26, 1990, account of the NRA’s efforts to defeat Peter Smith – RUTLAND HERALD But when it comes to gun rights, the senator from Vermont has been anything but consistent. During his first two decades in Congress, Sanders supported much of the NRA’s legislative agenda. And according to many who witnessed his rise from political obscurity to the presidential debate stage, he owes his career to the very special interests he now denounces. Sanders was elected to the U.S. House in 1990 after his predecessor, Republican Peter Smith, […]

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