Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has received numerous criticism for his recent comments on mass shooting Interview with the NY Daily News,
“Do I think that that gun dealer should be sued for selling me a legal product that he misused?” Sanders asked rhetorically, shaking his head no. “But I do believe that gun manufacturers and gun dealers should be able to be sued when they should know that guns are going into the hands of wrong people. So if somebody walks in and says, “I’d like 10,000 rounds of ammunition,” you know, well, you might be suspicious about that.”
Families of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting are suing Remington, as they’re marketing efforts allegedly inspired the mass shooting.
Erica Smegielski, 30, daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary Principal Dawn Hochsprung complained about Sanders’ comments as she tried to call Sanders about the comments.
“It is so shameful that you ignored my call for an apology and when pushed by a reporter, instead of responding to me, you attacked Hillary Clinton,” Smegielski said.
Mother of one of the victims, Sandy Phillips said that Sanders was disrespectful to her through the phone.
“Bernie promised to meet with us face to face,” she said about Sanders. “We did have a telephone conversation, he was 15 minutes late to that telephone conversation. The first thing he had the nerve to say to my husband was ‘I’m very busy,’” she said. “Well Senator Sanders, we had been busy too. We had been busy burying our daughter.”
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has responded on Sanders’ situation through Twitter.
“.@BernieSanders prioritized gun manufacturers’ rights over the parents of the children killed at Sandy Hook.”
Clinton added a link to the tweet on Sanders’ comment in the interview.