Clinton Sees ‘Absolute Urgency’ for Gun Controls in U.S.

“I’m sick about it, and I feel an absolute urgency for this country to start being sensible about keeping guns away from people who should not have them,” Hillary Clinton says in intrvw with Boston’s WCVB.

  • In transcript provided by Clinton campaign, Democratic presidential candidate calls for universal background checks, longer waiting periods for gun purchases
  • “I think that what we need is a national movement”
  • Vows to counter NRA’s ability to “intimidate and scare legislators” by “equally large and vocal group” in favor of gun controls
  • “Majority of the population and a majority of gun owners agree that there should be universal background checks” but “NRA has stood in the way”
    • Mentions Bill Clinton’s success with assault weapons ban in 1990s: “My husband beat them,” ban “did have a positive effect”
  • Related story: Obama Faults Inaction on Gun Limits After Oregon Shooting

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