Democrats tackle gun control in first major tussle of NBC debate

Democratic candidates before the debate.
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Bernie Sanders was put in the hot seat during the Democratic debate in Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday when he was asked to address his flip-flopping stances on gun control. Sanders rallied to defend himself, stressing his poor letter grade with the NRA and, when pressed, saying he was "re-looking" at gun control. "I will support stronger provisions," Sanders said.

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Clinton sprung at the chink in Sanders' armor, however, responding by invoking Charleston's shooting then twisting to turn it on her opponent. "[Sanders] has voted with the NRA — with the gun lobby — numerous times," Clinton said.

But when Martin O'Malley was invited to jump in, he didn't pick sides. "They have both been inconsistent on this issue," O'Malley said.

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