During a June 17 CNN townhall, Hillary Clinton said she wants to implement an assault weapons ban and “high capacity” magazine ban to keep people from entering school property “with an automatic weapon” to “murder innocent children, students, teachers.”
In the video of the event, a Maryland school teacher asked Hillary if she thought banning “assault weapons” or “high capacity” magazines “would do any good.” Hillary said, “Yes,” then expounded:
First of all, I think as a teacher or really any parent, what’s been happening with these school shootings should cause everybody to just think hard. We make hard choices and we balance competing values all the time. And I was disappointed that the Congress did not pass universal background checks after the horrors of the shootings at Sandy Hook, and now we’ve had more in the time since. And I don’t think any parent–any person–should have to fear about their child going to school or going to college because someone, for whatever reason–psychological, emotional, political, [ideological], whatever it means–could possibly enter that school property with an automatic weapon and murder innocent children, students, teachers.
Clinton went on to say, “We cannot let a minority of people… hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”
My view is, yes we need to thrash this out in the political realm. But the vast majority of Americans–even law-abiding gun owners–want background checks that work, information that is shared immediately, and an awareness that we’re going to have to do a better job protecting the vast majority of our citizens–including our children–from that very, very small group that is unfortunately prone to violence, and now with automatic weapons, can wreak so much more violence.
Unfortunately for Hillary, this statement has yielded another gaffe for her book launch press blitz. No one is using “automatic weapons,” which are already illegal, in school shootings. Secondly, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)–author of the Manchin-Toomey gun control bill that didn’t pass–admitted that his bill would not have stopped the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary. And Breitbart News has reported that the bill would not have stopped the attacks at Santa Barbara, Troutdale Oregon, Fort Hood (April 2014), Arapahoe High School, LAX, Fort Hood (Nov. 2009), or the Aurora theater, among other crimes, either.
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