For the first time in American history, the issue of gun control will be an issue “front and center” driven buy the fact that Hillary Clinton is not afraid to take on the National Rifle Association (NRA). Hillary Clinton has said that we cannot accept as “normal” the indisputable fact of 33,000 gun deaths per year, now exceeding automobile accidents as a cause of death. Clinton immediately applauded President Obama’s executive actions on gun safety late last year and has outlined a bold agenda to curb gun violence in America. This is why former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign, Newtown Action Alliance and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), all of whom have endorsed Hillary Clinton, because they know that she will stand up to the gun lobby and not sit by while more innocent people die.
- Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, co-founders of Americans for Responsible Solutions: “We’re fighting for a Congress and White House that stand up to the corporate gun lobby’s intimidation and bullying. And that’s why, today, we are endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.”
- Dan Gross, Brady Campaign Director: “Hillary Clinton has been a national leader on gun violence prevention for decades. More than any candidate on either side of the aisle, she has the experience, record, and demonstrated commitment to help reach the Brady Campaign’s goal of cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.”
- Newtown Action Alliance:” There is a clear choice. There is only one presidential candidate who stands out above the rest on the issue of gun violence prevention. That candidate is Hillary Clinton, and we are confident she will go toe-to-toe with the corporate gun lobby to protect our children, our families, and our communities in our towns and cities.”
- Senator Chris Murphy: “For me, nothing is more important than honoring the memory of the children in Sandy Hook, ending the scourge of gun violence across this nation and breaking the vice grip of the gun lobby on Washington. We need leaders who don’t simply check the right boxes on the issues we care about, but who are champions day in and day out in the fight against gun violence. By that measure, there is only one presidential candidate who qualifies: Hillary Clinton. … only Hillary Clinton has been there, fighting for smarter gun laws, year after year.”
Hillary Clinton has campaigned and held panel discussions with families of the gun victims, such as recently meeting with Kim Washington and Deborah Davis, among others, during a Hartford Gun Violence Prevention Discussion in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder joined Clinton in a panel discussion on gun violence at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, along with families of victims. At the Landmark Theater in Port Washington, New York, Clinton was joined by Rita Kestenbaum, Marie Delus, Erica Lafferty Smegielski (daughter of a Sandy Hook victim), Natasha Christopher, Sandy Phillips (mother of an Aurora victim) and U.S. Rep. Steve Israel.
Hillary Clinton has proposed a three-point plan, the center-piece of her proposal to reduce gun violence:
1. Fight for comprehensive background checks:
- She will advocate for comprehensive federal background check legislation.
- She will close the “Charleston loophole”, which allows any gun sale to proceed if a background check is not completed within three days.
2. Hold dealers and manufacturers fully accountable if they endanger Americans:
- She will repeal the gun industry’s unique immunity protection due to lobbying by the NRA.
- She will revoke the licenses of bad dealers, such as those that knowingly supply guns to straw purchasers and traffickers.
3. Keep guns out of the hands of potential terrorists, domestic abusers, other violent criminals and the severely mentally ill.
- Clinton has said, “If you are too dangerous to fly, you are too dangerous to buy a gun, period.” She will insist on comprehensive background checks prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns.
- She will support legislation to prohibit all domestic abusers and individuals suffering from severe mental illnesses from buying and possessing guns.
- She will make straw purchasing a federal crime.
Newspaper editorial boards have also supported Hillary Clinton’s plan:
Boston Globe Editorial Board: “Clinton promises to close the kind of loopholes that allowed killers like Dylann Roof to obtain weapons, and to lift restrictions on federally funded research into gun violence. She also supports reimposing the federal ban on assault weapons, which expired under George W. Bush. Clinton’s assertive record on guns stands in contrast to that of her main Democratic opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who voted against the Brady background-check bill and, his claims notwithstanding, is not a convincing champion of gun control. Sanders presents himself as an avowed foe of big business, but his vote to protect firearms corporations from legal liability tells a different story. Clinton is simply more credible on what for too many Americans is a life-and-death issue.”
New York Times Editorial Board: “Hillary Rodham Clinton has been campaigning on the issue for weeks in gun-friendly primary states, offering no apology for embracing a topic that national Democratic candidates had avoided for the last 15 years, either because they thought progress was hopeless or because they feared giving the gun lobby political ammunition to use against them. … Voters need to be reminded of the stark difference between the candidates, which is why Mrs. Clinton should drive this issue into the general election, should she win her party’s nomination.”
Chicago Tribune Editorial Board: “If Congress still balks, there is another option, proposed Monday by Hillary Clinton. She wants to treat high-volume private gun sellers as the dealers they are. She believes this change could be made at the discretion of the president. It’s a perfectly sensible proposal….That’s not the only good idea that Clinton has…[Some of her proposals] are the sort of targeted extensions of existing policy that open-minded voters and legislators can support.”