In the past, Hillary Clinton has been relatively mild-mannered when it came to her stance on guns and gun control, but in a recent speech in Iowa City the presidential hopeful made it clear she plans to take a side on the controversial issue, reports The Washington Post.
“I’m going to speak out against the uncontrollable use of guns in our country because I believe we can do better,” Clinton said Tuesday in Iowa City.
And spoken out she has. Clinton not only clearly stated that she wants tougher gun laws, but also declared war against the National Rifle Association itself.
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said Clinton’s bold move may very well be her undoing, and advised she take a look at the history books.
“We’ve been down this road before with the Clintons,” said LaPierre. “She needs to read her husband’s book.”
Former President Bill Clinton wrote in his book “My Life” that he believed then Vice President Al Gore lost the 2000 presidential election because of the administration’s 1995 ban on “assault weapons.”
But some, like longtime gun-control advocate Mark Glaze, feel Hillary Clinton should embrace and be proud of her husband’s past.
“The Clintons pulled off the almost-impossible by giving us the background check system and banning assault weapons,” said Glaze. “That’s something President Obama wasn’t able to do. Their political interest lies in owning, rather than obscuring, that accomplishment.”
Clinton’s approach of tackling the gun debate head on, instead of reactively, may very well win her points from even her harshest critics. But then again, it could also sink her campaign entirely.
(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)