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Bernie Sanders is Returning to the Senate to Vote on Gun Control

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After nearly six months without casting a vote in the Senate, Bernie Sanders is reportedly going back to his roots Monday in order to vote on gun legislation, USA Today reports. According to The Washington Post, Sanders’ absence at the recent Democratic filibuster was noticed and met with great upset, especially through social media.



For those of you who don’t know what went down in Washington the other day: Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut lead a 15-hour filibuster in which he and other members of the Democratic party advocated for stricter gun control. The filibuster ultimately ended with an agreement that Senators would vote on legislation to expand background checks and prevent people on the terror watch list from buying guns.

Although Sanders had previously been against stricter gun control and actually opposed the Brady Bill, which expanded background checks and waiting periods when purchasing guns, he has now changed his mind and begun to fall in line with the rest of the Democratic party.

“As the recent tragedy in Orlando has made crystal clear, we must ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons, end the gun show loophole and expand instant background checks,” Sanders said Thursday night in a live video address. 

And don't forget, Sanders still has not conceded the Democratic nomination—so he's still a presidential candidate.


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