Sarah Sanders: American Gun Violence Isn't A "Gun Issue." It's A "Heart Issue."

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"[T]his is not as much a gun issue as it is a moral issue," the former White House press secretary said.

Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said this week that America’s problem with gun violence is not an issue with guns, rather it is a “moral issue.”

The Independent reported that Sanders made the comment on Fox News — where she became a contributor three months after leaving the Trump administration — while speaking with host Jeanine Pirro.

“I think the big part of the problem that we’re missing and one of the things that we’re not doing, is this is not as much a gun issue as it is a moral issue,” Sanders said, after Pirro noted that Congress would soon return to session and likely address gun violence.

“We have to look for ways to bring this country together,” she continued. “We have to look for ways that we can have discussions and disagree with each other without being kicked out of restaurants, without fear of losing our job.”

Sanders was booted from a restaurant in Virginia last year, The Independent noted, due to working for President Donald Trump.

She said the solution to gun violence begins with “having respect for one another,” adding, “I think we need to have a step back and not make this a gun issue, but this is a heart issue.”

“You look at some of the things that are happening right now and how some of the Democrats, some of the comments they've made about the pro-life community, we are not valuing life,” Sanders said, bringing abortion to a gun violence debate. “And when we do that, we put, I think, everybody in jeopardy.”

At the end of the day, Sanders said, the conversation should be “less about guns” and “more about respect and treating each other the way that we would want to be treated.”

Her comments echo other conservative sentiments on gun violence, including the idea that violent entertainment and video games have weakened Americans’ respect for life.

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