Hillary Clinton: Guns ‘Out of Control’

Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative CGI America meeting in Chicago.

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Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative CGI America meeting in Chicago.

Hillary Clinton is standing her ground on gun control.

“We have to rein in what has become (an) almost article of faith, that anybody can own a gun anywhere, anytime. And I don’t believe that,” she said today in a keynote address to the National Council for Behavioral Health at National Harbor just outside of Washington.

The former secretary of state and senator from New York, weighing a campaign for president in 2016, maintained that she can stand up for gun owners’ rights while promoting gun safety. Politico reported on her remarks: The former first lady arguing that  the nation’s approach to the issue today is “way out of control.”

“At the rate we’re going, we’re going to have so many people with guns everywhere, fully licensed, fully validated, in settings where (someone) could be in a movie theater, and they don’t like someone chewing gum loudly or talking on their cell phone and decide they have the perfect right to defend themselves against the gum chewer or cell phone user by shooting,” she said. “That’s what happens in the countries I’ve visited where there’s no rule of law.”

The current laws “give someone the means to respond in the moment in a way that he wouldn’t if a few minutes passed and there was no means to inflict harm,” she said. “We really have got to get our arms around this.”

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