- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 30, 2015

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders, who is surging in the polls and becoming a threat to Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in early-primary states, pushed back Sunday against her campaign’s charge that he is soft on gun control by promising that he will pass new gun control laws, if elected.

“I do not accept the fact that I have been weak on this issue. I’ve been strong on this issue,” Mr. Sanders, a Vermont independent and self-described socialist, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Mrs. Clinton seized on the gun-control issue following last week’s shooting ambush that killed a TV news reporter and cameraman live on the air in Roanoke, Virginia, vowing that she would be the gun control president.


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Her campaign said that gun control is a dividing line between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders, who has had to balance support of gun control measures with his home state’s tradition of protecting gun rights.

Still, Mr. Sanders noted his lifetime voting grade of D- from the National Rifle Association and his congressional votes to eliminate the “gun show loophole,” which critics say allow firearm purchases without a background check, and to ban the sale of military-style rifles.



“I voted from a state, by the way, a state which has almost no gun control — not an easy vote,” Mr. Sanders said.

“Coming from a rural state that has almost no gun control, I think I can get beyond the noise and all of these arguments and people shouting at each other and come up with real constructive gun control legislation, which most significantly gets guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them,” he said.

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