Clinton hammers on gun control in Sanders’ back yard

October 16, 2015

Democrat Hillary Clinton on Friday hammered at the need for gun control at a campaign stop in Keene, New Hampshire, not far from the home state of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, her main rival for the party nomination to the November 2016 presidential election.

“I’m not against guns. My dad taught me to shoot when I was a little girl. I’ve even gone duck hunting in Arkansas standing in the cold water at sunrise,”  said Clinton. “Once was enough getting up that early standing in that cold water,” she added.

At the first Democratic debate on Tuesday, some supporters felt that Sanders stumbled on gun control, saying that rural states and urban states have different responses to possible measures to control the sale of guns.

But Clinton on Friday said that, in the wake of multiple mass shootings in the United States in recent years, gun control was necessary. “We’re better than that as a nation,” she said.

In one of the most recent mass killings with guns in the country, a shooter massacred eight people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, earlier this month. The killing was one of dozens of U.S. mass shootings in the past two years.

Clinton has seen her lead in polls erode as Sanders has challenged her on issues from trade to the minimum wage.

But her widely-praised debate performance on Tuesday could give her campaign a boost. And while Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, is generally viewed as being to Clinton’s left on many issues, she has assumed a tough stance on gun control.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign town hall meeting in Keene, New Hampshire October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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