Dec 3, 2015 5:56 PM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
MANCHESTER –Hillary Clinton took aim at the Republican controlled Congress, urging them to pass “common-sense” gun laws, as the Democratic presidential front runner made her first comments on the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
And when it comes to her push for gun control legislation, the former secretary of state vowed “I will not be silenced”
Clinton topped her speech Thursday at a Women’s Economic Opportunity Summit at Southern New Hampshire University with around five minutes of comments on Wednesday’s shootings at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center.
Authorities say that the two suspects, who were killed in shootout with police, were a heavily armed Muslim couple.
But Clinton said that “we don’t know yet everything about this specific attack,” adding to applause that "the vast majority of Muslim Americans are just as concerned and heartbroken about this as anyone else."
Clinton went on to make a renewed push for stronger gun laws, saying “no matter what motivation these killers, these murderers had, we can say one thing for certain: They should not have been able to do this. We cannot go on with losing 90 people a day to gun violence. I don’t believe we can stop every incident of gun violence, but we sure can stop a lot of time. And we need to take action now.”
"No parent should have to worry about going to a holiday party after work or about sending their kids to school or going to a movie theater or even going to church. No one should have that basic sense of safety and security ripped away from them,” Clinton added. “The vast majority of Americans support common sense steps to reduce gun and prevent violence."
Clinton then slammed Republicans in Congress, asking "what will it take for Congress to overcome the intimidation of the gun lobby and do something as sensible as making sure people on the terrorist can’t buy weapons. If you are too dangerous to fly in America, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America."
Clinton ended her comments on the mass shooting, which were broadcast live by NH1 News on WBIN-TV, by vowing not to be silenced on the issue, adding "during this campaign I will continue to speak out.”
Responding to Clinton, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wrote on Twitter that “Clinton's rush to judgment to score political points before she had facts on yesterday's apparent terrorist attack was very unpresidential.”
Clinton has made gun control a key issue part of her speeches on the campaign trail, especially since the shootings at black church in Charleston, South Carolina in June. Wednesday at an event in Florida, Clinton spoke out about gun control just an hour before news broke of the mass shooting in California.
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