Bernie Sanders: NRA to blame for lack of action on gun control

Bernie Sanders: NRA to blame for lack of action on gun control
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Bernie Sanders tells Kansas crowd: This 'sure doesn’t look' like a GOP state The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia MORE (I-Vt.) in an interview on Sunday blamed the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the lack of action in Congress on gun control legislation.

Sanders told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it’s “unspeakable” that students are no longer surprised by school shootings.

“It’s a three-letter word. It’s the NRA,” Sanders said. “And it’s Trump and the Republicans who don’t have the guts to stand up to these people and that’s pretty pathetic." 

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Sanders’s remarks come after 10 people were killed in a shooting at a high school in Texas late last week.

The Vermont senator, who caucuses with Democrats, said “of course” the upper chamber has not done enough on gun control legislation.

“But it’s like every other issue. The American people are united overwhelmingly,” he said, referring to “common sense” gun reform policies.

Incoming NRA President Oliver North also hit the Sunday show circuit, emphasizing the need for metal detectors in schools during an interview with "Fox News Sunday."

“You’re not going to fix it by taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens,” North said.