Absolutely not. It can help to look into his voting records and understand the content of bills he voted on. So let’s look at his voting records from these accredited websites: x, x. I strongly encourage you to look into the content of the bills I am about to discuss further so you may form your own educated opinions.
Bernie voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets
What bill is this referring to? Oh, it’s the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act; Bill S.Amdt. 714 to S. 649 ; vote number 13-SV103 on Apr 17, 2013. High-capacity magazines have been used in over half of mass shootings since 1982. The bill was meant to make it increasingly difficult for criminals to obtain these magazines and therefor reduce the impact of mass shootings to the public.
Bernie voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains
The bill this particular vote refers to is the Wicker Amendment; Bill S.Amdt.798 to S.Con.Res.13 ; vote number 2009-S145 on Apr 2, 2009. At first glance this might seem to be a pro-gun vote, however, it is important to understand that checked baggage on Amtrak trains are inaccessible much like checked baggage on planes. No one could potentially access their luggage to then go on a mass shooting. The bill is meant to ensure that law abiding citizens are able to transport all their materials while still ensuring the safety of others.
Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership.
Vitter Amendment to State Dept. Appropriations Bill; Bill S.Amdt. 2774 to H.R. 2764 ; vote number 2007-321 on Sep 6, 2007. Again this action might make you raise your eyebrow because of its initial implication of being pro-gun, however, if you look into the content of the bill it is pretty obvious as to why it would be harmful. Back in 2007 the United Nations was attempting to force uniform gun control laws on countries. Those actions are problematic because it would require an overreach of the UN’s given powers as well as removing cultural understanding of how to combat gun violence. Uniform legislation has been proven not to work on a global scale. Further reasoning is that potential legislating from the UN would remove the ability of the Supreme Court and Congress to interpret the second amendment (note: the Supreme Court has set a precedent of allowing gun control by interpreting it under the Militia Theory [x]). Essentially the concern is that by approving this bill the United States would be allowing undue influence in our own politics.
Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers.
Reference: Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act; Bill S 397 ; vote number 2005-534 on Oct 20, 2005. Why would Bernie vote yes for this? In the years before passage of the act, victims of firearms violence in the United States had successfully sued manufacturers and dealers for negligence on the grounds that they should have foreseen that their products would be diverted to criminal use. However, both manufacturers and dealers can still be held liable for damages resulting from defective products, breach of contract, criminal misconduct, and other actions for which they are directly responsible in much the same manner that any U.S. based manufacturer of consumer products are held responsible. Another measure in the bill prohibits the manufacture, import, sale or delivery of armor piercing ammunition. This was a defensive act for (small) businesses without removing all responsibility from select businesses when products are involved in criminal activity. Bernie voted YES on a similar bill to the Protection of Lawful Commerce Act two years prior as well for the same reasoning (with many exceptions to allow citizens legal leeway).
Bernie voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1
Sanders opposed and voted against a bill introduced by McCollum, R-FL; Bill HR 2122 on Jun 18, 1999. Now this one does not raise any questions: decreasing waiting days is never a good option in terms of gun control.