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Clinton Calls for Tighter Rules on Gun Ownership

Newspaper article International New York Times

Clinton Calls for Tighter Rules on Gun Ownership

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The candidate detailed a plan to set herself apart from Republicans and her closest rival.

Hillary Rodham Clinton seized on the recent spasm of gun violence on Monday, detailing a gun control plan that sets herself apart from Republicans and differentiates her from Senator Bernie Sanders, her insurgent rival for the Democratic nomination.

At a town hall gathering in New Hampshire, Mrs. Clinton called for an expansion of background checks for those who seek to buy firearms. Proposing a mix of legislative and executive action, she is seeking regulations that would tighten loopholes for online sales and gun-show sales, block sales to domestic abusers and the mentally ill, and hold gun dealers accountable for where they land.

"How much longer can we just shrug?" Mrs. Clinton asked.

Mrs. Clinton's proposals come less than a week after a shooting at a community college in Oregon, which killed nine people, reignited the debate about gun control. She has spoken about the need for tightened gun laws since the murder of nine churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., in June.

Republicans running for president have remained steadfast in their beliefs that gun violence is a mental health issue and that law-abiding Americans have a right to protect themselves.

For Mrs. Clinton, the issue is an opportunity to present herself as the most proactive Democratic candidate on gun control.

Most of the shootings in the country "don't make the headlines," Mrs. Clinton said.

"Homicides, accidents and suicides, and there are more than 33,000 a year," she said. "If anything else were killing 33,000 of our people, we would all come together and say, 'Hey, what are we going to do about this?"'

"I think we've got to as a nation do exactly what you said -- enough," she said to a woman in the audience who had brought up the topic. Mrs. Clinton called for universal background checks and tightening other laws.

"I don't blame you for looking at your 9-year-old son and thinking, 'Do I have to tell him to be scared, to have duck-and- cover exercises in your school in the United States of America?"' she said to the woman. "That's just wrong and I'm determined to do something about it. …

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