WikiLeaks: Speechwriter Warned Hillary Clinton Not to Push Gun Control Day After San Bernardino Attack

FBI and California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP
FBI and California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP

An email contained in the WikiLeaks Podesta email release shows Hillary Clinton speechwriter Dan Schwerin warned that Clinton looked “behind the curve” by pushing gun control for what proved to be a terror attack in San Bernardino, California.

Schwerin sent the email on December 3, 2015, the day after Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik used firearms to kill 14 co-workers as they sat defenseless in a gun-free San Bernardino County building. A suspicion of terrorism was immediate, and that suspicion was only strengthened by the evidence discovered and reported each passing hour.

On the morning of December 3, Schwerin wrote, “For the town hall topper this afternoon, I think we should drop all gun references. The story is moving more and more toward terrorism and it seems like by riffing on guns just now she looked a little behind the curve.”

Of course, this did not mean that Clinton’s campaign opposed using a terror attack to push gun control. Rather, Schwerin was stressing that Clinton looked like she did not understand what was happening; she appeared to have missed the terror aspect of the attack.

Just days after Schwerin’s email, the Clinton campaign reworked the San Bernardino gun control approach, placing references to gun control in a speech about defeating the Islamic State (ISIS). The speech references, also contained in an email released by WikiLeaks, revolved around expanding background checks to include the no-fly list and/or terror watch lists. It contained the quote, “If you’re too dangerous to fly in America, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America.”

Notably, neither San Bernardino attacker was on a watch list of any kind, so Clinton’s gun control suggestion would have done nothing to prevent or even hinder the attack.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of “Bullets with AWR Hawkins,” a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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