Days after a deadly shooting in Oregon, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton unveiled gun control measures aimed at strengthening background checks on gun buyers and eliminating legal immunity for sellers.
During a live broadcast from Hollis, Clinton forcefully responded to questions about her controversial use of a personal e-mail system while she was USA secretary of state.
During a campaign appearance, she veered between sadness and anger, accusing Republicans of “surrender” to a hard political problem.
In 2013, following the Sandy Hook shooting, the Senate tried and failed to pass stricter background screenings, closing the gun-show loophole and restricting Internet sales.
Clinton pledged to require anyone “attempting to sell a significant number of guns” to be considered a dealer, and therefore need a federal license. Her numbers are dropping. Why?
Clinton is promising tighter controls on sales of firearms at gun shows if she is elected, and pledging to go around Congress if necessary.
Clinton proposed repealing legislation that shields gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers of firearms from most liability suits, including in cases of mass shootings.
Since August, Clinton has aired several television ads across the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Under current law, people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence are blocked from buying guns-but only if they are married to, live with, or have children with their victims.
Pointing to former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s controversial “stuff happens” remark following the Roseburg shootings, Clinton said “that’s an admission of defeat and surrender”.
“I want to know how much money they’ve spent on Benghazi investigations because we know eight committees did it”, Slaughter said. Bernie Sanders, her biggest rival for the Democratic presidential nomination. Martin O’Malley’s Super PAC openly criticized Sanders in a TV ad for voting against the Brady Bill, which would have implemented a five-day waiting period on handgun purchases while background checks were being conducted.
“If you had more guns, you’d have more protection because the right people would have the guns”, he said.
But the one thing he won’t talk about, says Mr. Briggs, is Clinton’s e-mail troubles, referring to the controversy over her use of a private email server instead of her government account while she was secretary of State.
But the fact is, on an issue as contentious as gun control, Sanders likely won’t be doing himself any favors taking such an approach.
“I will try every way I can to get those guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them”, she said.