LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 09:  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a forum organized by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and The Nation magazine at The LINQ Hotel & Casino on November 9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sanders is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders, America’s favorite Socialist, is taking a fairly predictable path in the aftermath of the Orlando attacks that left 50 people dead and 53 wounded Sunday. This alone isn’t news, exactly.

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Sanders, who’s approach to “Democratic Socialism” reminds many of us of old fashioned Communism, has been much less vocal about gun bans than his main opponent–Hillary Clinton.

“All Americans are horrified, disgusted and saddened by the horrific atrocity in Orlando. At this point we do not know whether this was an act of terrorism, a terrible hate crime against gay people or the act of a very sick person, but we extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones and our thoughts are with the injured and entire LGBTQ community.”

“From what is now known, this was a terrorist act by an ISIS sympathizer. That despicable and barbaric organization must be destroyed.”

Sanders has publicly voted against gun control legislation. In 1993, he voted against the Brady Bill. Sanders voted in 2005 for legislation that prevents gun violence victims from suing gun manufacturers for compensation for the actions of those who use their products illegally.

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“… if a gun shop owner sells a weapon legally to somebody, and that person then goes out and kills somebody, I don’t believe it is appropriate that that gun shop owner who just sold a legal weapon to be held accountable and be sued,” Sanders said.

But in 2013, Sanders voted for legislation to increase the requirements for background checks–legislation that would have banned what gun grabbers typically call “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines, too.

CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 16:  Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at the "First in the South" Dinner on January 16, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. Sanders is in town campaigning before tomorrow night's democratic presidential debate.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

CHARLESTON, SC – JANUARY 16: Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at the “First in the South” Dinner on January 16, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. Sanders is in town campaigning before tomorrow night’s democratic presidential debate. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

And he’s dialed-up the rhetoric to help secure his position on the left. Here’s his official statement:

“I will take the following concrete steps to reduce gun violence: strengthen and better enforce the instant background check system; close the gun-show loophole; make ‘straw man’ purchases a federal crime; ban semi-automatic assault weapons which are designed strictly for killing human beings; and work to fix our broken mental health system.”
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So what does he want to see change now? The incident in Orlando is still in its infancy, but he’s made some pronouncements. Again, he’s calling for expanded background checks. He also wants to make “other changes.” Other changes. That sounds like the level of specificity we’d expect from some of the other presidential front-runners.

“I think there is a wide consensus to move forward in that direction,” Sanders said.

And Hillary? She feels like she has the monopoly on gun control, still….

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Hillary released this statement:

“[It’s time] to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad. [The Orlando shooting] reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets.”