Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed the church shooting in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, doing her best to sound presidential (she is running after all) and to rally the cry for rolling back the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
“In order to make sense of it, we have to be honest,” said Clinton. “We have to face hard truths about race, violence, guns and division.”
Clinton, who was on the campaign trail, was speaking at the annual convention of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
“Today we say to the families of Mother Emmanuel and to all the people of Charleston, you do not walk alone,” Clinton said. “You do not walk alone because millions of Americans regardless of race or creed or ethnicity or religion are walking with you — in grief, in solidarity, in determination, we are with you. And we will stand with you as we seek answers and take action.”
Clinton added, “How many innocent people in our country — from little children, church members, to movie theater attendees — how many people do we need to see cut down before we act? So as we mourn and as our hearts break a little more, and as we send this message of solidarity that we will not forsake those who have been victimized by gun violence, this time we have to find answers together.”
By “answers” she, of course, means passing laws that heavily restrict gun ownership even though that will do nothing to reduce gun violence or prevent mass shootings.
“The shock and pain of this crime of hate strikes deep,” she said. “Nine people – women and men – cut down at prayer, murdered in a house of God. It just broke my heart.”