For her GOP opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered tough words for the gun lobby and mocking ones amid a drive to tighten gun laws in The United States following the ghastly slaughter in Orlando this past weekend.
In a Wednesday interview with The Huffington Post, Clinton asserted that she and others had mainly driven Donald Trump to take into account legislation that will prevent those on the terrorist watch list from being able to buy firearms. Trump said before on the day he intended to meet with the National Rifle Association to go over its opposition to the suggestion.
“Welcome to the reason,” said Clinton. Look, the NRA along with the other gun lobby members ought to be moving rapidly to work with Congress on this particular legislation. I understand members of Congress, hopefully on both sides of the aisle, are beginning to look to see whether they could pass this. And I entirely support it.”
The proposal is not without controversy, however, and not just among gun rights supporters. Civil libertarians have expressed concern the terrorist watch list is overly broad — includes and many who don’t go on it — and shouldn’t be utilized to deny individuals their constitutional rights.
Clinton called that argument a “rhetorical trick that the gun lobby attempts to place, essentially in case you can’t halt every incident, every shooting promising, you shouldn’t try to cease any.” She said the suggestion was “common sense,” including that “the idea this would affect law-abiding gun owners is erroneous and it is intended to function as a diversion.” If there were due process concerns, she said, they could be adjudicated and taken into consideration on a case by case basis.
The suggestion for tighter gun limitations was one of several that Clinton touted as a comprehensive response to the Orlando shooting, which left 50 people dead and dozens injured. She also called for the establishment of a SWAT team dedicated to preventing and finding lone wolf terror attacks, fusion centers to integrate better communication between law enforcement officials and intelligence professionals information among law enforcement agencies, and closer cooperation with technology firms.
Trump’s suggested the prohibition on Muslims entering this country “dangerous and would be both counterproductive that was “ ”,” Clinton stated.
“That only plays into ISIS’s hand. You know, part of the radical jihadist recruiting plan is to convince would-be recruits here at home and round the world that there’s a clash of civilizations,” she said. “I believe most Americans do comprehend that.”
Clinton was much more circumspect about another controversial counterterrorism measure. To date, President Barack Obama has authorized more than 500 drone strikes, killing an estimated 400 civilians along with more than 3,000 terrorists. But Clinton didn’t give much — if any — sign of how she’d tailor the software, save to say she would keep it intact in some form.
This is a complicated issue that we’ve got to understand in a way that was comprehensive,” Clinton said. There is not any doubt that, as the president said in his comments yesterday, our allies, as well as the United States, have taken thousands of terrorists off the battleground across the entire world. A variety of tools have been utilized to achieve that. Many lives are saved due to that policy. We will use each and every tool at our disposal.”