- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 3, 2016

Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders on Sunday defended President Obama’s anticipated use of executive orders to clamp down on firearms access.

“I would prefer that we could have bipartisan support, but the truth is Republicans are not interested in doing anything about gun safety,” Mr. Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think the vast majority of the American people are horrified by the mass shootings that we have seen, they want action.”

Mr. Obama is expected to unveil this week a package of gun-control measures, including expanding instant background checks, despite heated opposition from Republicans and others who accuse him of overstepping his authority by bypassing Congress.

Mr. Sanders, an independent who represents a pro-Second Amendment state, has shown in the past less enthusiasm than most liberals for gun-control measures.

A candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, Mr. Sanders said that “we are a divided nation” on firearms issues.

“Obviously bipartisan activity in the Congress would be preferable, but we’re not seeing Republicans doing anything on this issue, and I think the president is doing what the American people would like him to do,” Mr. Sanders said.

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