Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley slammed Bernie Sanders for his record on guns, attempting to align the Vermont senator with the National Rifle Association.
“Secretary Clinton, is Sen. Sanders tough enough on guns?” debate moderator Anderson Cooper asked Clinton.
“No, not at all,” Clinton responded. “I think that we have to look at the fact that we lose 90 people a day from gun violence. This has gone on too long and it’s time the entire country stood up against the NRA.”
She also accused Sanders of siding with the firearms industry by opposing the Brady Bill.
Sanders responded: “All the shouting in the world would not do what, I would hope, all of us want. And that is to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have those guns.”
The Vermont senator said guns are viewed differently in his rural state, something former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley rejected.
“We passed comprehensive gun safety legislation, not by looking at the polling or at what the polls said, but by actually doing it,” O’Malley said.
“It’s not about rural,” O’Malley said.
-- NBC's Marianna Sotomayor and Ashley Bastock contributed to the report.