Bernie Sanders' mask on gun control came off in the latest Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire. Like other Democratic candidates, Sanders proved that he cannot be trusted on his gun legislation policy.
Sanders had started as a moderate Democrat when his fellow Democratic candidates were calling for gun confiscation. However, during the Democratic Presidential debate in NH, he admitted that he would end the sale of “assault weapons.” Amid the cheering crowds, he added that “assault weapons” ban was just the beginning, “And we go further, we go further, but the bottom line is that I will not be intimidated.” In addition, he promised to criminalize private gun sales and impose universal background checks.
Sanders claimed that his opinions on gun control had changed, despite him representing a gun-friendly state of Vermont. He explained that he was against gun rights since 1988. True to his word, he proved that he was, in fact, wearing a mask under “sensible gun debate,” where he had designated himself as the intermediary by saying, “We need a sensible debate about gun control which overcomes the cultural divide that exists in this country, and I think I can play an important role in this.”
While still playing this self-imposed role, Sanders co-sponsored the Senate Bills S.42 that would expand background checks, S.66 imposing a ban “assault weapons,” S.120 prohibiting people involved in domestic issues from owning firearms, S.506 enacting the “red flag” laws, and S.3303 banning 3D-printed guns.
His latest remarks contradict his earlier comments on gun control when he said, “If you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don’t think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen.” It is surprising that he would blindly support policies that he understands have no effect on violent crimes. But like other Democratic candidates, Sanders was not ashamed of exploiting tragedies for personal political gains during a debate where Democratic candidates competed on gun control.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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