Two student journalists from the Eagle Eye, Stoneman Douglas high school’s newspaper, interviewed the Vermont senator about the search for a breakthrough in the gun debate – and his own voting record

We are a part of the Eagle Eye newspaper at Stoneman Douglas. We just wanted to ask a couple of questions. So first, has the Parkland shooting affected your opinion on how gun laws should be handled federally?

Bernie Sanders I wouldn’t say it affected my opinion other than it made the entire country start focusing on an issue, which previously did not get the attention that it deserved. And I think, you might ask, “Why Parkland? Why not Las Vegas, the terrible tragedy we had in Las Vegas or other shootings?” I don’t know why. But somehow or another, maybe because of the response of the students, or maybe because the American people finally had enough, the consensus was [it was] the straw that broke the camel’s back, and people looked around and said, “What is going on in America? We have got to do something.” Saying that in a way that we have not seen for a long, long time. I think people are saying, I am saying, many members of Congress are saying, “We have got to do something. We’ve got to do it now. Kids have got to be safe in school and we cannot allow people just to be shot down with military weapons.”

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