Bernie Sanders appears quite confused when it comes to his stance on whether the families of Sandy Hook victims should file against gun manufacturers for lawsuit.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stated Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that “of course they have a right to sue, anyone has a right to sue” — a statement that backtracks previous comments by the Vermont senator.
Sanders, in an exclusive interview with the NY Daily News last week, replied unequivocally with "No, I don’t" when asked if he believes the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre should have the right to sue weapons manufacturers for damages.
"In the same sense that if you're a gun dealer and you sell me a gun and I go out and I kill him.... Do I think that that gun dealer should be sued for selling me a legal product that he misused?" he said.
When asked about whether the Sandy Hook lawsuit was baseless, the White House hopeful commented:"It's not baseless. I wouldn't use that word. But it's a backdoor way."
The comment came under fire from many fronts, including his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, who called his stance on “unimaginable” and the complete opposite of her own views on how to deal with gun violence.
Bernie is a friend, but this is really bad. Dems can't nominate a candidate who supports gun manufacturer immunity. pic.twitter.com/JEgXQhlnAA— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) April 5, 2016
Sanders has long been criticized for his vague views on gun control and the situation remained the same on Sunday when his answer couldn’t be more ambiguous.
He said the gun store owner who legally sells weapons shouldn’t be held accountable for crimes committed with it, but also added that he opposed the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons like the ones used at Sandy Hook.
"That's the kind of weapon that caused the horrible tragedy in Sandy Hook," Sanders said. "Those weapons should not be made in the United States of America. So in that sense, I agree with the Sandy Hook parents."
The interview highlights Sanders' mixed views on gun control. The presidential aspirant has opposed waiting periods for gun purchases but has supported background checks. He has supported legislation that protect gun manufacturers against lawsuits but has opposed the sale of assault weapons. Hopefully, the senator will release a clearer gun control policy in the near future.