Democratic party rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders traded barbs in New York, where both candidates are trying to get as much support as they can with the upcoming Democratic Primary to be held next week.
Former Secretary of State Clinton critiqued Sanders’ seemingly relaxed position in terms of gun control in Port Washington, New York during a gun violence panel.
“Most of the guns that are used in crimes and violence and killings in New York come from out of state. And the state that has the highest per capita number of those guns that end up committing crimes in New York come from Vermont,” she said while being backed up by remaining family members of the victims of mass shootings in the recent years.
New York Daily News backed Clinton’s comments and revealed that with Sanders’ current stance on gun control, chances of him winning in New York will be slim given that Democrats in the state are pro-gun control.
This is a huge change in direction from Clinton’s previous statements that praised Sanders and promoted unity. Clinton, although still having a healthy lead against the Vermont senator, lost eight of the last nine contests. If her losing streak continues, it may change tide in the Democratic party.
Sanders, on the other hand, did not back down on his opinion on the matter. In his recent interview with Spike Lee, the 74-year-old talked about his infamous position on gun control saying, “Vermont and rural America, people talk about guns, you know what they’re talking about? They’re talking about hunting. And it is something that my state, tens and tens of thousands of people do… I do know that guns mean something very different around urban America. And what we have got to do is get a handle on this horrific gun violence. There’s no question about that.”
As previously reported, he also barraged Clinton saying that he does not believe that she is qualified to take the White House.
His comments were further elaborated by Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver during his interview with MSNBC as reported by Politico.com.
“Well, look, she’s clearly experienced, right? Clearly an intelligent person, experienced person. But rsum is not enough at the end of the day, right?” Weaver asked.”So you can look at someone’s rsum and they can be great, but when you do the interview, which is what this whole election process basically is, is a job interview, you learn more than what’s on the paper. So on paper, of course she’s experienced.”
New York holds a special spot for both Clinton and Sanders as the former spent her later years in the region while the latter, his early days. The New York Democratic Primary will be held on April 19.