There Was No ‘Straw Man’ Purchase,
and AR-15s Aren’t ‘Automatic Weapons’
POLIZETTE — Sen. Bernie Sanders casually misstated two key facts about guns on Sunday when talking about the terrorist shooting in Orlando over the weekend — and ignored evidence from his own state that contradicts the notion that crime springs from easy access to firearms.
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the presidential contender expressed shock at the deadly shooting and then spoke of changes the country needs to make.
“I believe that in this country, we should not be selling automatic weapons which are designed to kill people,” he said.
Later, Sanders told host Chuck Todd that part of the solution to gun violence is “addressing the straw man provision,” an apparent reference to a practice in which a person prohibited from having guns recruits someone as a stand-in for the purchase in order to pass a background check. He stresses the same point on his campaign website: “Make ‘straw man’ purchases a federal crime.”
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