Ratcheting up her attack on the nation’s gun lobbyists, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said the National Rifle Association is as stubborn in its negotiating stance as “the Iranians or the communists.”
Mrs. Clinton got at a question at a town hall-style campaign event from a woman who said President Barack Obama seemed “so sad” and “sounded so tired” when discussing a shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week that left nine people dead.
“How will you keep from being sad and tired?” the woman asked Mrs. Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
“I think by being angry and determined,” Mrs. Clinton said.
Earlier this week, Mrs. Clinton rolled out a package of measures meant to strengthen regulation of gun sales through legislation or executive action.
In her comments here, she urged gun owners to break with the NRA and form a separate organization that would support gun ownership while promoting legislation aimed at preventing mass shootings. She went on to give a blistering account of the NRA’s business model, saying it acts cynically to stoke fears among gun owners that government agents flying in “black helicopters” are poised to confiscate their weapons.
“The NRA tries to keep gun owners – the ones who are members – really upset all the time so they can keep collecting their money, because they tell them they’re the only thing that’s going to stop the black helicopters from landing in the front yard and people’s guns being seized,” she said. “That’s the argument they make. And it works with some people and it has turned a lot of people into absolutists themselves.”
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