BOSTON—(ENEWSPF)—October 1, 2015. In a television interview with Janet Wu of Boston ABC affiliate WCVB, Hillary Clinton addressed today’s mass shooting in Oregon.
A clip from the newscast is available here.
Please see below for a transcript of her full comments concerning the shooting:
JANET WU: Let’s start with that. The shooting in Oregon. I assume you heard about it just within the last couple of hours or so.
HILLARY CLINTON: Yes, I did. In fact, as I was walking in here I was told that the death toll is up to 15. And I have to tell you, Janet, I am just sick of this. 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. I’m going to be pushing this issue. Universal background checks, a long enough waiting period so that people can’t sneak in under the deadline because the full investigation wasn’t completed. I would like us to be absolutely determined, as I am, to try to do something about this.
JANET WU: But you know that a lot of politicians have tried to come — to go up against the NRA, and they’ve all failed. What makes you feel that you could win this battle?
HILLARY CLINTON: Well, my husband beat them, and he got an assault weapons ban which lasted for ten years and did have a positive effect. I think that what we need is a national movement. When gun control issues are put on national or put on state or local ballots for referendum, they pass in many instances. So we’re going to go at this from the top down, namely go back to the Congress, go back to try and put together a sensible, bipartisan position that was supported before in the Senate to get to universal background checks. But we’re also going to go from the bottom up. I’m going to make this a voting issue, because what the NRA does in their single-minded, absolutist theology about the Second Amendment being sacrosanct, when we know that every constitutional right and amendment can be tailored in an appropriate way without breaching the Constitution, but what they do is to so intimidate and scare legislators because they make it into a single issue for voting. I’m going to try to do everything I can as President to raise up an equally large and vocal group that is going to prove to be a counterbalance. And we’re going to tell legislators, do not be afraid. Stand up to these people because a majority of the population and a majority of gun owners agree that there should be universal background checks. And the NRA has stood in the way.