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Hillary at Commander-in-Chief Forum: Gun Control Part of Fight Against Terrorism

by AWR Hawkins

During MSNBC’s September 7 Commander-in-Chief Forum, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suggested more gun control is part of the fight against terror attacks in the United States.

She did this after forum host Matt Lauer brought up “terror attacks on our soil.”

Lauer asked, “Would your message as the next President of the United States — or potential next president — be … that we are simply living in the reality that those attacks will happen? And can you guarantee people that, after four years of a Clinton presidency, they’ll be safer on the streets of San Bernardino or Boston than they are today?”

Clinton responded by saying that she will “do everything in [her] power to make sure that that’s the result.” Then she added, “But I’m not going to promise something that I think most thinking Americans know is going to be a huge challenge.” She tried to highlight the size of the challenge by focusing on what she sees as the necessity of an “intelligence surge” and efforts “to combat ISIS online, where they recruit.” And she spoke of engaging ISIS in “the arena of ideas.”

Clinton then said that “here, at home, for goodness sakes, we have to finally pass a law prohibiting people on the terrorist watch list from being able to guy a gun in the United States of America.” This is a reference to the “no fly, no buy” law that Democrats have been pushing since the December 2 San Bernardino terror attack, although neither of the San Bernardino attackers were on any kind of list.

Democrats also used the Orlando terror attack as an opportunity to push “no fly, no buy,” even though the Orlando gunman was not on a list either. Clinton’s push for such a law at the forum is proof that Democrats have no intention of giving up on securing that law, even though it would not have prevented San Bernardino or Orlando.

Clinton added that the last thing we need to do is “[go] after American Muslims” in our fight against terrorism.

It is interesting to note that she said very similar things after the June 12 Orlando terror attack. Breitbart News reported that Clinton responded to that attack by calling for greater outreach to Muslims while simultaneously pursuing a ban on “assault weapons” and .50 caliber rifles.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at [email protected].

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