Where: Web ads in Iowa
What: The first ad attacking Sanders on his record on guns was running back in late June in Iowa. The second one highlights O’Malley’s record on guns when he was Governor of Maryland. As the Washington Post pointed out:
Sanders, who has emerged as the chief Democratic challenger to Hillary Rodham Clinton, represents a state where hunting is a way of life and anyone can carry a concealed weapon without a permit. His record on gun control is mixed and also includes a 2005 vote to shield manufacturers from lawsuits brought by victims of gun violence.
In the same story, Sanders’s campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said: “If Martin O’Malley wants to engage in negative campaigning before he introduces himself to the country, that’s up to him.” Weaver also said that Sanders is willing to have a discussion about guns but “that discussion has to entail how we bridge the gap between rural and urban areas. Guns mean different things to different parts of the country.”
This is always a tough issue for progressive politicians who represent rural constituencies but it’s still fair game (no pun intended).