Gun Control is a major topic that is debated in America. The Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, is pushing the issue. On Oct. 5, 2015, she unveiled the measures she will enact if elected president. According to ABC News, when discussing the plan, Clinton said, “it is filled with common sense proposals.” She believes her measures are necessary to combat the “epidemic of gun violence.” The announcement was made only two days after the former First Lady criticized Republican candidates for “putting the National Rifle Association (NRA) ahead of American families.”
“Common Sense Proposals”
- Universal background checks and no sales without the background check being complete;
- Close the gun show loophole;
- Ban military-style assault weapons;
- Crackdown on internet sales of guns;
- Create legislation that prohibits stalkers as well as domestic abusers from buying and possessing guns;
- and a repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
Clinton would like to see public action against the NRA. She said, “Ideally, what I would love to see is gun owners, responsible gun owners, hunters, from a different organization and take back the second amendment from the extremists.”
As the Democrat was discussing her policies, she asked the mother of a 6-year-old shooting victim to come up on stage with her. When Nicole Hockley took the stage, she received a standing ovation. Her son was among those killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, which took 26 lives on Dec. 14, 2012.
Hockley said, “Gun violence prevention was nowhere on my radar before I lost my son and I wish it had been. I wish I had done something long before something that I thought could never hit my community hit me.”
National Public Radio (NPR) reports that Clinton said, “So far as I know, the gun industry and gun sellers are the only businesses in America that are totally free of liability for their behavior. Nobody else is given that immunity. Also, that just illustrates the extremism that has taken over this debate.”
Clinton has repeated this on the campaign trail several times this month. According to Breitbart News, she used the “immunity” line during the Democratic debate on October 13, and on October 24. This is despite the fact that NPR debunked her claim that gun manufacturers are “totally free of liability for their behavior.”
On October 18, The Democratic frontrunner was in Keene, N.H., when she was asked by an audience member about the 1996 and 2003 buy-back programs that Australia used to remove several hundred thousand firearms and banned semi-automatic rifles. According to Fox News, Clinton responded, “I think it would be worth considering doing it on a national level if that could be arranged.” Because she is continuing to push the gun control issue, the NRA complained.
The NRA Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director, Chris Cox, said, “This validates what [we] have said all along. The real goal of gun control supporters in gun confiscation.”
Cox continued his commentary about proposed gun control issues. He believes that Clinton thinks the Supreme Court was incorrect when the judges determined that the Second Amendment guaranteed a person’s right to self-defense.
There are, however, several organizations that regularly lobby for tighter gun controls and want the NRA shut down. Two extremely active and vocal groups are Mothers Against the NRA and Mothers Against Guns. Hillary Clinton will continue her push for gun control all the way to the White House should she be elected President of the U.S.
By Cathy Milne
Edited by Leigh Haugh
New York Times: Hillary Clinton, Calling Out the N.R.A., Gets a Quick Reply
ABC News: Hillary Clinton Tears Up While Unveiling Gun Control Plan
BREITBART: Hillary Clinton Continues Pushing Gun Control Talking Point Debunked by NPR
FOX News: Clinton Suggests She’d Consider Mandatory Gun Buy-Backs, Sparking Fears of ‘Confiscation.’
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