Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed on the issue of gun control at Thursday’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn.
Sanders’ callous comments drew boos from the debate crowd and shots on Twitter from gun control advocates.
“YOU DO OWE AN APOLOGY!” Erica Smegielski, daughter of Sandy Hook victim Dawn Hochsprung, tweeted as the debate aired on CNN and NY1.
“Stop siding with the gun manufacturers and stand with the Sandy hook families,” she wrote.
Sanders controversially told the Daily News Editorial Board he does not believe victims of gun violence should be allowed to sue weapons manufacturers. His stance flies in the face of Sandy Hook families who are now working to do just that.
At the debate, Clinton seized on Sanders after she said the two had “a lot of difference” on gun control — and Sanders chuckled.
.@BernieSanders YOU DO OWE AN APOLOGY! Your round about answer was just not good enough!
— Erica L Smegielski (@EricaSmegs) April 15, 2016
“This isn’t a laughing matter,” Clinton told him.
“Ninety people on average are killed or commit suicide or die from accidents with guns (daily) — 33,000 people a year. I take it really seriously.”
Later, Wolf Blitzer asked Sanders if he felt he owed the Sandy Hook families an apologies for his comments.
“No, I don’t think I owe them an apology,” Sanders said.
“They have a right to sue, and I support them.”
It’s simply disgraceful that the gun lobby has unprecedented immunity in this nation. Democrats need to stand up & reverse this. #DemDebate
— Martin O’Malley (@MartinOMalley) April 15, 2016
The Vermont senator has argued he wants to protect rural and independent firearm dealers from legal trouble.
But his views didn’t sit well with the Brooklyn crowd, which loudly booed his Sandy Hook shun.
Former Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley joined the chorus of boos online.
“It’s simply disgraceful that the gun lobby has unprecedented immunity in this nation. Democrats need to stand up & reverse this. #DemDebate,” the former Maryland governor tweeted.