Monday, June 13, 2016

Hillary Clinton Calls In to CNN on Orlando Massacre: Sets Sights on Gun Law Reform

Hillary Clinton focused her comments squarely on gun regulations when she spoke by phone to Chris Cuomo this morning.  She called for statesmanship not partisanship in the wake of the terrorist attack in Orlando.

Cuomo pressed her on Trump's charge that she refuses radical Islamist as a term. She said that she has not rejected the term but will not demonize a religion citing risk in alienating American Muslim community.

"We cannot demonize, demagogue, and declare war on an entire religion...Hate is not the answer to hate." —Hillary

Hillary turned the conversation to the bigger issue of gun regulations.  Florida does not regulate assault weapons or high-capacity magazines.  Hillary has called for common sense gun reform many times in the course of her campaign.  She called for reinstatement of the  assault weapons ban.
Asked about the right to bear arms, she responded that there are common sense steps that can be taken and pointed to 23 shootings this year by toddlers.

Cuomo asked her to respond to Trump's messages.  She called his rhetoric dangerous. We have to prevent radicalization. But we also have to be aware that people who are not radicalized also use guns to hurt people. She wants to protect people from ISIS but also from others who inflict injury and death outside of jihadist motivations.


Donald Trump called in later and repeatedly said "we are letting in too many Syrian refugees."  The shooter was of Afghan descent and, like Trump, was born in New York. He said " We are taking in too many people like this guy."