POLIZETTE — Hillary Clinton is making gun violence a central focus of her campaign platform — directly targeting the National Rifle Association.
“Nothing is more powerful than the gun lobby and until we are ready to take them on and hold them accountable we will not be in a position to try to begin to reduce the deaths from the epidemic of gun violence,” Clinton said.
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the NRA, had some fighting words for Clinton at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in early March. “Mrs. Clinton, If you want to come after the NRA, and if you want to fight over the God-given rights of America’s 100 million gun owners, if you want to turn this election into a bare-knuckled brawl for the survival of our constitutional freedoms, bring it on,” LaPierre said.
When Clinton ran for president in 2008, she said she would protect the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, but this time around she has taken a very different and extreme position.
It is no secret Clinton is trying to pivot herself more to the left as her opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders has forced her to do so as the base of the Democratic party grows more progressive. But Clinton has gone where no other presidential candidate has gone before — aggressively taking on the NRA.