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Hillary Clinton Attacks Bernie Sanders Over His Gun Record

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 14/10/2015 Paige Lavender
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When confronted during Tuesday's Democratic debate about his views on gun control, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tried to explain his past positions, including his vote against the Brady Bill, which he has said were due to the inclusion of a mandatory waiting period for gun purchases, rather than background checks themselves.

Sanders said "whether we like it or not," views on gun control are different in rural states, like his home state of Vermont.

The senator touted his NRA voting rating of D- before explaining how he told Vermont residents "back in 1988 when I first ran ... that I supported a ban on assault weapons." He also criticized the "terrible" gun show loophole and emphasized the need for better mental health care.

"There are thousands of people in this country today that are suicidal and are homicidal, but can't get the health care they need, the mental health care, because they don't have insurance or they're too poor," Sanders said.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a simple answer when asked if Sanders' explanation was satisfactory.

"No. Not at all," Clinton said, going on to question Sanders' excuse for his vote against the Brady Bill.

"It wasn't that complicated to me. It was pretty straightforward to me," Clinton said.

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