Hillary Clinton has placed gun violence prevention dead center in her campaign in South Carolina. Mothers who lost children to gun violence will be heard today at the Clinton planned events.
She has brought up to the front her long-standing record to the gun lobby. When she was First Lady, she supported the Brady background check bill which eventually led to blocking 2.4 million guns landing in the hands of prohibited purchasers, such as felons, domestic abusers, and other dangerous individuals.
She stands on her record as a Senator, when she voted to close the “gun show loophole” by requiring a background check on all transactions at events that sell firearms. She voted with then-Senator Obama against immunity protections Congress provided gun dealers and manufacturers that prevent victims of gun violence from holding negligent manufacturers and dealers accountable.
Her plan includes expanding federal background checks through comprehensive legislation, closing the gun show, internet sales, and “Charleston” loopholes, and holding irresponsible dealers and manufacturers fully accountable by repealing the gun industry’s unique immunity protection and revoking the licenses of “bad-actor” dealers. Earlier this month, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, a victim of gun violence, and Mark Kelly campaigned in Colorado on Clinton’s behalf.
Today, Hillary For America released a new web video explaining the Charleston Loophole which allowed the Charleston shooter to purchase the firearm he used to shoot nine people at Emmanuel AME Church despite having a criminal record. In the video, HFA policy adviser Corey Ciorciari breaks down exactly how this loophole, which Bernie Sanders voted to create, allowed the shooter to buy a gun that he would have been prevented from acquiring had his background check been completed.
When Democrats put forth legislation to close the Charleston Loophole, back in December, Hillary Clinton called on Sanders directly to back that legislation. According to Clinton’s campaign, Sanders has yet to either offer an explanation for his previous vote record or join the 14 Democrats who are co-sponsoring the bill to close it.
Clinton’s campaign office released this statement with a video:
“Unfortunately Senator Sanders voted with the NRA to create the Charleston loophole. And it’s time for him to admit that vote was a mistake. Secretary Clinton thinks that we need to close this dangerous loophole immediately. She’ll stand firm against the gun lobby, and not listen to anyone who tells her to stay silent on this issue.” – HFA Policy Adviser Corey Ciorciari
Sanders has gone on record to state that he has a D- rating from the NRA, supported the assault weapons ban as far back as his 1988 run for Congress and supported an instant background check from “day one.”
Bernie Sanders believes states should control gun laws and said in an interview:
“Folks who do not like guns [are] fine. But we have millions of people who are gun owners in this country — 99.9 percent of those people obey the law. I want to see real, serious debate and action on guns, but it is not going to take place if we simply have extreme positions on both sides. I think I can bring us to the middle.”
Headed into Election Day on Saturday, February 27, President Bill Clinton will join Get Out the Vote rallies across the Palmetto State to outline why Hillary Clinton is the best choice for South Carolinians.
The Hillary Clinton campaign released a statement the she has spent her entire life taking on the toughest fights on behalf of families and children—starting here in South Carolina while working at the Children’s Defense Fund.
Clinton’s lead over Sanders was listed by NBC Survey Monkey poll today as 51 percent to Sanders 41 percent. Heading into South Carolina Election Day, Clinton has a double digit lead over Sanders nationally among black voters at 65 percent to 22 percent.
The Hispanic group in Nevada caucus election, gave Sanders 53 percent to Clinton 45 percent. Nationally, the NBC Survey Monkey poll shows that the race is tight among Hispanics and too close to call. Results from the latest week of polling show Clinton ahead of Sanders by just 3 points among Hispanics—46 percent to 43 percent.