Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton picked up an important endorsement this week from the anti-gun Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and it was only President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address that overshadowed the announcement.
The endorsement should remove any lingering hopes among diehard Democrat gun owners that Clinton just might be willing to back off the rhetoric, and leave the Second Amendment alone if she is elected in November. She promised the Brady group that she would “keep (the gun control) issue at the center of this presidential campaign.”
The endorsement came just days after an Investors Business Daily/TIPP poll revealed that only 42 percent of the public thinks tougher gun laws will prevent criminals from getting guns. On the other hand, 52 percent think increased gun ownership improves public safety, the poll also said.
According to CNN, Brady Campaign President Dan Gross praised Clinton for being “with us when we passed the Brady Bill in 1993 (and) she took on the corporate gun lobby by fighting the truly evil Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.”
The Washington Times quoted Clinton telling Gross, “I’m not just honored, but I am really motivated to keep this issue at the center of this presidential campaign, because the vast majority of Americans, and even a big majority of gun owners, support these common-sense gun safety measures.”
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Gross was no less complimentary, contending that Clinton “has made our safety the centerpiece of her campaign.” He also said she would “finish the job” on guns if she is elected.
According to Talking Points Memo, Gross said in a press release, “Doing what I do, I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of politicians and elected officials, including a number of those currently running for president. And I can say with certainty that when it comes to real national leadership on this issue there is so clearly one candidate that rises above all the others – and that candidate is Hillary.”
Clinton made it clear last year that she was going to build her campaign on a platform that includes far reaching gun control. Second Amendment activists and advocacy groups have universally taken the position that the former First Lady and Secretary of State has declared war on them and the right to keep and bear arms.
With Clinton taking a point position, anti-gunners at the state level seem to be pulling out all the stops to push every bit of gun control legislation possible in their legislatures.
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