Bernie Admits The 1 Thing About Gun Control That He Wasn’t Supposed To
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders admitted the one thing about gun control this week that he wasn't supposed to.
During an interview with Joe Rogan on his podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience," they began discussing the deadly shootings that took place over the weekend in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.
When asked for a solution to reduce the number of mass shootings in America, Sanders slipped up and admitted that an overwhelming majority of gun owners wouldn't even think to commit an atrocity like the recent mass murders in Texas and Ohio.
The Vermont socialist also admitted that banning so-called assault weapons isn't the best solution to reducing gun violence.
"I'm not suggesting that anything here, that if you banned assault weapons tomorrow, that it would radically change everything," Sanders said. "But we have got to do the best that we can do."
That's a pretty major admission, especially given many Democrats are still trying to exploit the tragedy to push for mass gun control and banning assault weapons.
The exchange began when Rogan asked Sanders what he would say to gun owners who feel their right to bear arms is essential as an American.
ROGAN: "Now, the legal gun owners who are law-abiding citizens, who would never in a million years think about going around shooting people, but they love guns. They hear this kind of stuff about banning assault rifles, banning assault weapons—they don't even like the term 'assault weapons,' right? They like to refer to them as their individual names of whatever they are. These people feel like this is an inexorable part of being an American. That you should be able to own a gun. It's written into our Bill of Rights, it's written into the way this country was founded, it's the Second Amendment. What do you say to those people, that don't want to give up their guns and they want to protect themselves? They feel like these guns are viable options to protect themselves from criminals."
SANDERS: "I understand that. And Joe, as you might know I am a senator from the state of Vermont, and the state of Vermont is one of the most rural states in America. Every fall, thousands and thousands of people are out in the woods hunting, and it's something that is part of our tradition. I believe in it, I believe in the Second Amendment."
"But all that I ask of the gun owners—and you're absolutely right, 99.9 percent of gun owners would never in a million, billion years think of doing these horrible things—but at the moment that we are living in, I think we are all going to have to make some concessions to the reality of what's going on, and that is that there is a small number of—call them whatever you want, depraved people—who are prepared to do that."
Sanders' comments were in response to the two deadly shootings over the weekend.
In El Paso, the shooter killed at least 20 people and injured more than two dozen at a local Wal-Mart.
In Dayton, at least 10 were killed and more were injured.