During an October 2 speech at Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, Hillary Clinton described gun control as something society can do to to “protect all God’s children.”
Clinton was speaking less than two weeks after Keith Scott was shot and killed by police, and she interwove her gun control push with comments on policing reforms.
According to Christianity Today, “Think about how many times President Obama has had to console our nation about another senseless tragedy, another shattered family, another distressed community, and our children are watching and they feel it too.” She talked about praying that gun violence would diminish, but made clear that action is needed as well, saying, “We do more than pray. Not everyone can march, but everyone can talk. And everyone can reach out. And everyone can vote.”
Clinton noted that gun violence is “by far the leading cause of death for young black men.” And she said, “We have to fight for common sense reforms to stop the epidemic of gun violence in our communities.”
To date, Clinton’s “common sense reforms” would not have stopped one high profile public shooting of recent memory. This is because her reforms center around comprehensive background checks–which already exist in California, Colorado, and Washington state, but were powerless to stop the Burlington mass shooting (September 23, 2016), the San Bernardino terror attack (December 2, 2015), and the Colorado Springs street shooting (October 31, 2015). Such checks also exist in Paris, France, yet Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint over the weekend in Paris and 130 innocents were killed in a firearm-based terror attack on November 13, 2015.
Clinton has also advocated for simply rounding up guns and destroying them, like they did with so many hundreds of thousands of firearms in Australia in 1996-1997. On October 16, 2016 she said Australia’s gun ban was “worth looking at” for U.S. gun policy in America. Yet Australia is on the brink of passing a new slate of gun controls to deal with the gun crime that plagues the nation in the 21st century. For example, Melbourne, Australia, has had more than one shooting a week since January 2015, and The Age reports that gun violence has become so prominent that “criminals are using gunshot wounds to the arms and legs as warnings to pay debts.”
In addition to an official confiscatory policy on firearms, Clinton is pushing a narrower ban, focused on “assault weapons,” and a policy that would allow crime victims to sue gun sellers over crimes committed with legally manufactured and legally sold firearms.
Clinton told the Little Rock AME Church congregation, “Protecting all of God’s children is America’s calling… Our entire country should take a moment to really look at what’s going on here and across America, to imagine what we see on the news and what we hear about, imagine it through our children’s eyes.”
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.