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Bernie Sanders Talks Gun Control, Calls for Assault Weapon Ban

Sen. Bernie Sanders entered the gun control debate on Saturday, calling for an all-out ban on assault weapons.

“Instead of people yelling at each other, we have got to come together on commonsense approaches which, in fact, the vast majority of the American people support,” said Sanders, who represents a rural state with few gun laws.

Sanders was careful in his approach to gun control, as he feared backlash from his pro-gun state of Vermont.

NBC News reports:

Sanders supported such a ban along with universal background checks — another measure he called for on Saturday — in 2013, after the massacre at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. But the self-described socialist has also voted to allow guns in national parks, to shield firearms manufacturers from liability for shootings and against a five-day waiting period for gun purchases. Many expect him to come under criticism for his record at the first debate on Tuesday.

The comments were similar to ones Sanders made in Tucson on Friday. Otherwise, he focused Saturday on familiar themes, decrying income inequality and the political clout of corporations and the wealthy.

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