Senator Bernie Sanders today got slammed on twitter for using anti-gun rhetoric in his response to the recent synagogue shooting.
A 19-year-old gunman opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego as worshippers celebrated the last day of a major Jewish holiday, killing a woman and wounding the rabbi and two others Saturday, authorities said.
President Trump and other elected officials decried what they perceived to be an anti-Semitic attack exactly six months since 11 people were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest assault on Jews in U.S. history.
There were indications an AR-type assault weapon might have malfunctioned after the gunman, identified as John Earnest, fired numerous rounds inside the Chabad of Poway, San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said.
Another horrific shooting at a place of worship, today at the Poway Synagogue in San Diego County. We must work every day to eradicate all forms of hatred and bigotry, and take serious action to protect Americans from gun violence.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 27, 2019
He was also condemned for his earlier assertion that people in prison should be allowed to vote
Here are few of the responses on social media calling out his hypocrisy
So let me get this correct.
You think the guy who did this should have the right to vote from his prison cell.
But you ALSO think that I don't have a right to own semi-auto rifles?
When was the last time you had a CAT scan?
— JamesWill (@JWCripp) April 28, 2019
And let's make sure they keep their right to vote! SMH
— Renée Timpe (@ReneeTimpe) April 28, 2019
Thank God a good guy WITH a gun saved those people!
— Maggie Hamilton (@MaggieHamOnt) April 29, 2019
Bernie Sanders had earlier voiced his concern about voting rights for incarcerated people
The question was asked of him: “Would you support enfranchising incarcerated people like the Boston Marathon bomber or convicted rapists?”
The answer Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont gave was a straightforward: Yes.
“I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy,” Mr. Sanders said during a town hall-style event on CNN this past week. “Yes, even for terrible people.”
It was a response that was definitely designed to pander to criminal justice advocates, and to appease the hearts of people of color, who feel they’re disproportionately incarcerated.
Can’t wait to see who the suspect votes for!!
— Davin Lambert Sr. (@Davin740) April 28, 2019
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democrat from New York, sought to reframe the debate over the issue.
“Instead of asking, ‘Should the Boston Bomber have the right to vote?,’” she wrote on Twitter, “Try, ‘Should a nonviolent person stopped w/ a dime bag LOSE the right to voThat question, she wrote, applies to “WAY more people.”
That question, she wrote, applies to “WAY more people.”
Critics, meanwhile, said Mr. Sanders may have crossed a line.
“There’s a difference between felons who are in prison for nonviolent offenses and those who are in for capital offenses,” said Jim Kessler, executive vice president for policy at Third Way, a center-left think tank. Mr. Sanders’s remarks, he added, “seemed like a bit of a stumble.”