Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential election, had some strong word’s for the nation’s gun lobby this week.
While responding to a question during a town hall style meeting Wednesday, Clinton compared the National Rifle Association to “the Iranians or the communists” with respect to the organization’s willingness to compromise.
“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.”
“The idea that you need more guns to stop people who are committing mass shootings is not only illogical but offensive,” Clinton added.
Clinton was asked about how she would keep her composure and her resolve if her gun control agenda is defeated by the NRA.
“I know why the president feels discouraged, because it is discouraging to see the cynicism, the greed, behind this lobbying,” she said. “And that’s why we can’t let them get away with it. We can’t just say, ‘OK, nothing we can do about it,’ and walk away. We’ve got to fight back.”
The NRA didn’t comment on Clinton’s response. But former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, another Democratic candidate for president, did chime in, releasing a statement suggesting that he is more of an adversary to the Second Amendment and the NRA than Mrs. Clinton.
“It’s no secret that the NRA named Governor O’Malley the ‘top menace’ to their cause because he has proven he will not back down to them, and that’s what he will continue to do as president,” the O’Malley campaign said.