A recent interview between Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and the New York Daily News has lead to some democrats criticizing the presidential hopeful for his stance on gun manufacturers and their liability. In the interview, Sanders told the paper that he did not believe that victims of crimes committed with guns should be able to sue the manufacturer, since the latter did nothing more than produce and sell a legal product. Notably, Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), a vocal advocate for gun control who has publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton, blasted Sanders with a series of tweets.

Hillary Clinton also responded to the interview, telling her supporters on Tuesday that she disagreed with her rival.

“I was against it, and he was for it, to give immunity from liability to gunmakers and sellers,” Clinton told a crowd in Brooklyn. “We can reverse this, and 92% of Americans and 85% of gun owners agree that we should.”

Clinton had attacked Sanders on this issue before, drawing attention to a controversial 2005 law that granted gun makers immunity from certain claims of negligence, and from victims of gun crimes holding them responsible for selling the weapon used to commit the crime. A common analogy used by supporters of the law is that knife manufacturers (or of any potentially dangerous tool) are not held responsible if the product is intentionally used to injure or kill someone, whether by the person who bought it or otherwise. Sanders voted in support for the bill.

“If you’re a gun dealer and you sell me a gun and I go out and I kill him [pointing into the audience]…. Do I think that that gun dealer should be sued for selling me a legal product that he misused?” Sanders asked the Daily News, before shaking his head no.

The question posed by the Daily News was related to a pending lawsuit in Connecticut against the manufacturer of the rifle that Adam Lanza used to kill 20 students and six employees in Sandy Hook four years ago. Sanders did clarify in his interview that he supported bans on so-called “assault weapons,” and other gun control measures, such as expanding background checks. On the subject of manufacturer liability however, he is standing firm.

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11 thoughts on “Democrats Criticize Bernie Sanders for “Defending” Gunmakers

  1. Do we sue GM for Drunk drivers? A tool has no will of its own. It can be used for good or bad. The difference is the will of the end user and the cowardice of politicians to address the violent members of society.

    1. 20 yr algo 4 drunk teens crashed me head on in their chevy. I have permanent injuries. The 18 yr old driver got a kiss on the hand, I lost my career. I did not expect GM to pay me $ 5 million. Should GM, Murphy?

  2. Hillary was a 2A supporter when she ran for senate. Now she wants to sue manufacturers. Whatever it takes to get elected, that’s what she’s for.
    She conned upstate NY with her 2A stance, bringing in jobs, etc. Now,
    She doesn’t need their vote so she’s against all that.
    As she put it ” at this point, what does it matter”

  3. Unless we can start suing car companies every time someone dies in a car accident, I don’t see why people think this is a good idea. It is utterly ridiculous and completely lacking in common sense.

  4. Since the Civil War was started when a Republican was elected and the States that chose to secede were headed by Democrats ,can we sue the Democrat Party for the wrongful death of each person who died in that war ? If we sue , can we prohibit any Democrat from holding office until it is settled ? While we’re at it ,how about we make the judges, lawyers ,social workers ,and legislators who had prior interaction with anyone who commits a gun related crime ; and parents , in fact everybody BUT the perpetrator of the crime responsible .That is not a novel idea , it happens far too often already .

  5. Sandyhook was a staged event. It never happened. A total hoax. Watch “We need to talk about Sandyhook” on YouTube. Tell your friends, this needs to be exposed.

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