In what might be considered a bump in the road in an otherwise conflict-free run of campaign appearances by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a gun control activist pressed the liberal senator on some of his comments and past votes on guns.
As reported by the New York Daily News, Sanders was speaking before a crowd in Arlington, Virginia when Honora Laszlo — local chairwoman of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America — pushed the senator and 2016 presidential candidate to explain comments he made following the Sandy Hook massacre, when he claimed no legislation could have prevented the shooting that took lives of 26 people, 20 of them children.
Sanders explained that he represents a state filled with constituents who use guns for hunting, before admitting that guns are perceived differently by people in rural areas as opposed to urban environments.
“I understand that guns in my state are different than guns in Chicago and Los Angeles,” He explained. “I understand, and the people of my state understand, that there are people all over this country who have guns who should not have guns.”
Then Sanders went on to list votes he made calling for better background checks and banning assault weapons.
When pressed on laws he supported that protect gun manufacturers from liability lawsuits, Sanders wandered into what Lazlo described as “language that the NRA and their supporters use to polarize people.”
“If somebody has a gun and somebody steals that gun and shoots somebody, do you really think it makes sense to blame the manufacturer of that weapon?” Sanders said. “If somebody assaults you with a baseball bat, you hit somebody over the head, you’re not going to sue the baseball bat manufacturer.”
Sanders added, “There’s going to have to be some compromises on both sides. So I don’t apologize for that vote.”
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."