Under The debate, MSNBC moderator Rachel Maddow asked the Vermont Senator about something he had said to Seven Days – a weekly alternative newspaper in Burlington – six years ago, but it was first published last week in an analysis of Sander's views on gun management throughout his political career.
"Sen. Sanders, a Vermont newspaper, recently released parts of an interview you gave in 2013, saying," My own view of arms is that everything is right, states should take those decisions " , "Maddow said.
"no", Sanders interjected before maddow continued.
"Has your thinking changed since then?" she asked. "Do you now think there is a federal role to play?"
"No, it's a mischaracterization of my thinking," replied Sanders.
"It's a quote from you," replied Maddow on audience laughter.
Did Maddow disclose what Sanders thought of gun control in 201
A spokesman for the Sanders camp said the MSNBC moderator's question mistakenly claims that Sanders does not believe the federal government should regulate firearms.
"The issue characterized the 2013 interview when Bernie claimed he thought there was no federal role to play in gun law," the campaign said.
"Both in the exact interview and for years past, Bernie has long formulated a strong federal role to play, including the ban on the weapons of attack and the mandate for background control and the ban on strawman buying."
Based on Sander's interjection of "no" and his interruption of Maddow before being able to finish her question, one could assume that Sanders protested against his own quote, seen in isolation.
Apparently, Maddow also interprets Sanders as she retorts "it's a quote from you."
But it is impossible to know what Sanders was thinking, so we give the Senator the benefits of the doubt.
It is clear, however, that Sander's history of guns is in the best context – and the Vermont Senator has admitted that it has not been one of his core issues.
At the end of the 1980s and 1990s, he was quoted and says he believes that gun control measures should be left largely to the government's decision on a position he repeated in his 2013 interview with seven days. 19659002] "It is a local control question," Sanders said in 1988. "In Vermont, I do not believe that the current law needs to be changed," he added on the issue of a small arms waiting period.
But it is also true that in some cases he dates back to the 1990s, has supported a federal role where Maddow's questions seem a little misinformed.
This dissonance in Sanders & # 39; gun position is illustrated when he voted against the Brady bill – which required background checks and introduced a five-day waiting period for the purchase of guns – in 1993 and then six months later in May 1995 voted for a ban on weapons of attack.
In last week's debate, Sanders responded to Maddow by pointing to his support for banning assault rifles and banning straw purchases as examples of his belief that the federal government should take firearms decisions.
Politifact drafted its federal vote on weapons problems until 2013 and in most cases he voted for more gun control.
Since 2013, his gun control credentials have been even stronger. He voted to limit the magazine's ammunition capacity, background sales for internet sales, and co-sponsor of legislation that would make states work with the US lawyer to implement a firearms purchase register plan.
To determine if the quote used by Maddow had a different meaning in the full interview from 2013, we listened to the sound of Seven Days, which was published as part of its latest story about Sander's view of gun -control.
In recording, Paul Heintz, the reporter who sat down with Sanders months after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Sanders asked if he had noticed a change in how Vermont's feel about firearms and gun rights.
Sanders replied that he was not an expert on gun control policy, but that he would "suspect there has been a gradual shift, probably to more support for gun control."
Sanders then started talking about the lack of will in the Vermont legislature to deal with gun control measures and how there is "virtually no gun control at all" in Vermont.
By 2018, director Phil Scott signed erroneous firearms regulations imposing background checks prior to all firearm sales, increasing the minimum age to purchase a gun from 16 to 21, and banning bump stocks and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
In the interview six years ago, Sanders said there was "not much effort" to pass arms control measures in Vermont because it is a "country state" with "tens of thousands of families hunting" and he added, " Thank goodness, our crime rate is much lower than many other states. "
Then Sanders swung away from the Vermont policy to national politics.
Sanders explained that he voted in favor of a banning weapon in 1994, because he believed "nationally it was sensible". Sanders won Congress elections in 1990, partly as his opponent, incumbent Republican Peter Smith, changed and said he supported a ban on weapons drawn up by the National Rifle Association.
In the interview, Sanders went on to say that he opposed and voted against the Brady bill because the Vermont legislature did not have "no inclination" to approve similar state-level gun custody and waiting law.
"I voted against the Brady bill, I thought it was a decision to make the states. So my own attitude to weapons is that everything is right, states have to make those decisions," he said in 2013.
But immediately after the quotation Maddow was used during the debate, Sanders goes on to say that Congress is looking at imposing increased background checks and bans on straw buying – both federal firearms policies he said "sensibly."
"On the other hand, there are some federal problems that go beyond what the states do" Vermont Senator added about the federal role in regulation firearms.
We reached Heintz to get his opinion on whether Maddow was mischaracterizing the 2013 interview with Sanders.
"I believe our 2013 interview with Sen. Sanders stands on his owner and I think that evening's debate is on its own," says Heintz. "Both are available online, and I encourage people to see and listen and draw their own conclusions."