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Hillary Clinton, Calling Out the N.R.A., Gets a Quick Reply

The gun control debate is raging on in the United States. Hillary Clinton has taken a stance on the issue, coming out firmly against gun rights and suggesting that the U.S. follow Australia in implementing a gun buyback program.

Speaking on Friday in Keene, New Hampshire, Clinton discussed the idea of a gun buyback program.

“I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level if that could be arranged,” Mrs. Clinton said. She compared the buyback, versions of which some communities in the United States already have adopted, to President Obama’s Car Allowance Rebate System (better known as “cash for clunkers”), which offered incentives for people to buy new cars and get energy-inefficient vehicles off the road.

“I do not know enough details to tell you how we would do it, or how it would work,” Mrs. Clinton said. “But certainly your example is worth looking at.”

The New York Times reports:

In a statement, Chris Cox, the N.R.A.’s chief lobbyist, said that Mrs. Clinton’s comments validated the fears of gun owners and that her “extreme views are completely out of touch with the American people.”

“The real goal of gun control supporters is gun confiscation,” Mr. Cox said. “Hillary Clinton, echoing President Obama’s recent remarks on the same issue, made that very clear.”

The N.R.A.’s response could benefit Mrs. Clinton as she seeks to emphasize her stance on gun control and highlight her differences on the issue with Senator Bernie Sanders, who voted against several gun control measures in Congress.

At a campaign rally in San Antonio on Thursday, Mrs. Clinton, without mentioning Mr. Sanders by name, alluded to his comments during Tuesday night’s Democratic debate that “all the shouting in the world” would not keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them “and end this horrible violence.”

“I’ve been told by some, quit talking about this, to quit shouting about this,” Mrs. Clinton said. “I will tell you right now, I will not be silenced and we will not be silenced — we must continue to speak out.”

On Friday, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign released an online video that opens with footage of Mr. Obama’s news conference after the mass shooting at a community college in Oregon earlier this month. “This is something we should politicize,” Mr. Obama said.

The 60-second video then cuts to Mrs. Clinton. “I will not be silenced,” she says. “I will keep taking on the N.R.A.”

Mrs. Clinton’s gun control proposals, presented in detail days after the shooting in Oregon, included the use of executive action to close the so-called gun show loophole, should Congress fail to approve the measure.

In an interview with CNN on Friday, Mrs. Clinton was asked about her newly assertive position, given that she had played up her gun rights credentials during her 2008 campaign.

During that contentious primary, after Mr. Obama suggested at a closed-door fund-raiser in San Francisco that rural people “cling to guns or religion,” Mrs. Clinton told an Indiana crowd: “My dad taught me how to shoot behind our cottage. I have gone hunting.” (Mr. Obama responded by mocking Mrs. Clinton, saying she sounded like Annie Oakley, acting “like she’s on the duck blind every Sunday, packing a six-shooter.”)

But Mrs. Clinton told CNN’s Jake Tapper that her stance on gun control had not changed.

“I spent a lot of years in Arkansas. I have a lot of experience with and respect for people who own guns, collect guns, use them for hunting, use them for target shooting,” she said. “But I believe we have gone way too far in being intimidated by the N.R.A.”

Photo credit: CBS News.

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  • thomasbone63

    This country needs some kind of gun reform. This country has become primitive. It’s like the wild wild west.

  • RickCoMatic

    While you read this item on your PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone, iSomething-or-other, made in China; THE absolute State Of The Art known to the Founding Father’s of America, when writing The 2nd Amendment to The Constitution, was the carefully trimmed end of a moulted flight feather of goose; dipped in a well of ink.

    Maybe if John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington could have each been armed with their own Parker T-Ball Jotter they could have done a better job writing down that 2nd Amendment for us.

    Instead, all we got was a merger 27 words which one conservative Supreme Court Justice said did NOT guarantee everybody as many guns as they wanted. That interpretation of the language of the amendment (in that manner) is quite simply perpetuating fraud.

    “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

    The 2nd Amendment has been studied by the most distinguished writers and linguists. The debate over the 2nd Amendment is whether the first part, ‘A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,’ is:

    A) a restrictive clause, …
    B) a subordinate clause, …

    With respect to the independent clause containing the subject of the sentence, ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’

    We all know it is high-time to take measures when we look all across this Land and see Old Glory flying at half-staff more often than not.

    We are drowning in guns while manufacturing millions more as fast as we possibly can. The Founding Father’s would have loved the chance to Tweet their actual thoughts before this amendment was made. None were alive at the time the first Telegraph Message got sent; nearly 80 years after the Constitution was written.

    The President of the United States is touring massacre sites, keeping score of rampant school shootings, visiting with the families of the newly sacrificed with comforting words for survivors and another urgent plea that Congress act in the interest of The People of a Grateful Nation.

    Rewrite the 2nd Amendment!!!