New York Daily News targets 'Bernie's Sandy Hook shame'

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With a win in Wisconsin under his belt, Bernie Sanders is looking ahead to New York's April 19 primary where he's looking for a big win over rival Hillary Clinton.

And he's already squaring off with another combative opponent: the New York Daily News.

Days after a Sanders meeting with the New York tabloid's editorial board that was widely described as disastrous, the Daily News is out with a cover criticizing his opposition to giving shooting victims the right to sue gun manufacturers.

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Sanders has struggled to explain his stance on guns from the start of his campaign and it's an opening that Clinton and her surrogates have seized on repeatedly throughout the race.

During the editorial board interview with the New York Daily News which was published Monday, Sanders argued that gun manufacturers should be protected.

"Do I think the victims of a crime with a gun should be able to sue the manufacturer, is that your question?" Sanders said. "No, I don't."

He argued though that he would support targeting gun manufacturers who knowingly put guns in the hands of the "wrong people."

"In the same sense that if you're a gun dealer and you sell me a gun and I go out and I kill him...Do I think that that gun dealer should be sued for selling me a legal product that he misused," Sanders said, shaking his head no, according to a transcript. "But I do believe that gun manufacturers and gun dealers should be able to be sued when they should know that guns are going into the hands of wrong people."

Before Sanders claimed victory in Wisconsin, the Clinton campaign emailed out the full transcript of the Daily News interview.

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An image of the Daily News cover was retweeted by Erica Smegielski the daughter of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal who was shot and killed when she ran into the hallway to try and stop the mass shooting that killed five other educators and 20 schoolchildren.

This isn't the first time that Smegielski has used her Twitter account to weigh in on the gun debate. As the Senate considered gun legislation back in 2013, she reached out to Republican members of the Senate, tweeting photos of herself with her mother and personal messages in an attempt to get the scales.

The legislation ultimately failed.

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