Bakari Clemmons | Staff Writer
Two words: Gun control. This is a hot topic all over the world – especially in the United States, and is becoming more relevant by the day. One of the most recent incidents, the Oregon community college shooting, is helping people to realize that change needs to happen and it needs to happen quickly.
The shooting at Umpqua Community College, where the shooter killed nine people, himself, and injured seven others, called for steps to be taken.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, publicly revealed her new gun control measures that she hopes to enforce as president. During town hall meetings in New Hampshire last Monday, Clinton called for elimination of the “Charleston loophole” by barring those with felony records from buying guns if results of a federal background check are not returned within three days. The legislation also prohibits domestic abusers and stalkers from buying and possessing guns.
“I really do want to push hard to get more sensible restraints on gun ownership in the wrong hands, and then to try and keep track of people who shouldn’t have guns,” said Clinton on NBC’s “Today Show.”
Two days prior to the announcement of her gun control measures, Clinton took a shot at Republicans for putting “the NRA ahead of American families.”
Clinton passionately asked the crowd, “How many people have to die before we actually act? Before we come together as a nation?” At Manchester Community College, Clinton had an emotional interaction with the mother of a victim of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
While choking up and holding back tears, Clinton invited Nicole Hockley, the mother of 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, to the stage. Hockley, whose son was killed along with 19 other children and six Sandy Hook staff members, offered an emotional plea for gun control measures.
Clinton is also very adamant about universal background checks, withholding guns from domestic abusers and renewing an assault weapons ban. Clinton is one of few Democratic candidates that has spoken out on gun control.
Last Sunday, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley advertised a package of gun-control measures passed during his tenure and called on the two candidates leading the Democratic field, Clinton and fellow Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, to adopt initiatives on the national level.
Republican candidates were not as supportive of gun control measures. . GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush responded to the situation with, “Yeah stuff happens.” Fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump was very nonchalant about the situation just like Governor Bush. Clinton criticized their responses and called it an “admission of defeat.”
Clinton urged gun owners to “form another organization and take back the second amendment from these extremists.”
Since speaking out on gun control, Clinton has moved up in the polls and is still leading Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by now 20 points. Clinton and Sanders finally got to debate with each other and other Democratic candidates former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Governor and Senator Lincoln Chafee. Anderson Cooper moderated the debate with Dana Bash and Juan Carlos Lopez asking questions. The primary debate took place on Tuesday, October 13 at 8:30 p.m. ET, live from Las Vegas.