Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton vowed on Monday to take on the gun lobby with imposing tighter restriction with background checks and holding manufacturers accountable.
During a town hall stop in Manchester, New Hampshire Clinton proposed her plans for gun ownership and usage regulation. Her proposal comes after the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon which left 10 people dead.
Speaking in front of a large crowd in New Hampshire, Clinton referred to gun violence in American schools, public places and movie theaters and was joined by Nicole Hockley, the mother of 6 year old Dylan who was killed in the 2012 shooting at a Connecticut school which left 25 people dead.
According to Reuters, Clinton asked the audience “How many people have to die before we actually act, before we come together as a nation?”
She called for a creation of a “national movement” to take on the National Rifle Association, the U.S. top gun rights group and proposed a long list of measures of background checks, a repeal of the legislation that protects weapons manufacturers and dealers from being held accountable of the crimes committed by their weapons, as well as punishments for buyers who purchase arms for others.
According to Reuters, she pledged to protect the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms, but at the same time “get military style assault weapons off the streets.” She stated “What I would love to see, is gun owners, responsible gun owners … form a different organization and take the Second Amendment (of the U.S. Constitution) back from extremists.”
Among the measures that Clinton has proposed, using Presidential executive orders to close loopholes is at the top of the list. She would use the executive authority to close a loophole so that people who buy guns at shows and online would be subjected to the same background checks and taxes as people who buy guns at retail stores.
She also proposed a prohibition of gun sales to domestic abusers and stalkers in order to close the “Charleston loophole”, which resulted in the June mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The existing legislation allows people to buy guns if a background check is not completed in three days.
Clinton has voted against the legislation that prevents victims of gun violence to hold manufacturers liable for the crime committed with their weapon. According to Reuters, she stated “Nobody else is getting that immunity – and that just illustrated the extremism that has taken over this debate.”
Democrat Clinton is confident that the American people will support this proposal even though it is not a unique one, but one that she is determined that has to be implemented if she were elected President at the 2016 Elections.