NBC: The Orlando nightclub massacre is pushing the issues of national security and gun control to the forefront of the presidential race once again. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who called the shooting “an act of terror,” joins TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie to discuss the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Clinton spent nearly 4 minutes of her 8 minute interview with NBC's Guthrie to discuss how the gun lobby "scared the heck" out of lawmakers. Clinton warned now to "fall into the trap set by the gun lobby" and implored voters to make "common sense gun safety reform" a reality.
"The gun lobby scared the heck out of elected officials and makes it a voting issue. We need to make it a voting issue," Clinton said. "We cannot fall into the trap set by the gun lobby, that says if you cannot stop every shooting or every incident, you should not try to stop any. That's not how laws work. That's not common sense."
CLINTON: I can only hope that people who are responsible gun owners will join us in this cause. How many more of these mass tragedies do we have to live through? This is the worst in American history. And you know, Savannah, there are so many killings every day that no longer even break into our consciousness. We've got to take action, and the majority of Americans--and, indeed, the majority of gun owners--agree with that. Let's keep weapons of war off our streets, like the one that was used in Orlando...
It's not complicated. The gun lobby scared the heck out of elected officials and makes it a voting issue. We need to make it a voting issue. It is no longer, you know, acceptable, that elected officials at every level of government, will not hear the cries, will not recognize the pain of the thousands--tens of thousands of people. Think about it. 33,000 people a year are killed by guns. Many, many more thousands are injured by guns. We have got to make it clear that we're going to stand up to that.
But look at this particular issue. The legislation that Republicans blocked--the so-called no-fly list--would have prevented suspected terrorists from buying guns. It allows the Attorney General and the FBI to prevent a suspected terrorist from doing that. It would happen on a case-by-case basis. And we cannot fall into the trap set by the gun lobby, that says if you cannot stop every shooting or every incident, you should not try to stop any. That's not how laws work. That's not common sense.
We need to get the weapons of war off the streets. We had an assault weapons ban. It expired. We need to reinstate it. From San Bernardino to Aurora, CO, to Sandy Hook, and now to Orlando, we have seen the devastation that these military-style weapons cause, and I believe that terrorists and dangerous individuals are using guns to kill Americans. It's just a fact. And we should make it a lot harder for them to do that. So that's going to be my goal. I've spoken about it all through this campaign, I'm going to continue to speak about it, and I believe that more people are willing to listen. They're not so intimidated. And we're going to try to put a huge coalition together of all the groups, of all the individuals, who care about this issue, those who've been touched by it, and try to get common-sense gun safety reform passed in order to protect the people of our country.
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