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Clinton Pushes for Tighter Gun Control Following Oregon Shooting
By Nick Neville
Hillary Clinton plans to unveil new gun control measures on Monday aimed at strengthening background checks on gun buyers and eliminating legal immunity for sellers, just a few days after a deadly shooting in Oregon.
“What is wrong with us, that we cannot stand up to the NRA and the gun lobby, and the gun manufacturers they represent?” Clinton said on Friday.
The democratic presidential candidate plans to make the announcement on the campaign trail in New Hampshire on Monday, saying that if elected, she will propose a repeal of legislation that shields gun manufactures, distributors, and dealers from most liability suits. The move comes on the heels of a mass shooting that killed nine students and teachers at Umpqua Community College on Thursday.
Clinton has made stricter gun control a centerpiece of her campaign after several mass shootings like the one last week have ignited debate over the issue. Her stance shows an effort to stake out liberal ground against her rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has struggled to defend a more mixed record on gun legislation.
On Monday, Clinton will vow to use executive power to expand background checks for gun sellers, back legislation banning domestic abusers from purchasing guns, and back congressional efforts to stop retailers from selling to people with incomplete background checks.
“This is not just tragic,” Clinton said. “We don’t just need to pray for people. We need to act and we need to build a movement. It’s infuriating.”