Monday, October 5, 2015

Clinton to announce gun safety ideas

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 7:33 AM

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton goes today where few politicians of any stripe in Arkansas dare — gun safety measures.

She will announce in New Hampshire — a gun-friendly state where neighboring Sen. Bernie Sanders leads her in the polls — some ideas on curbing gun violence, chiefly closing the gun show and Internet loopholes on required background checks for weapon purchases. She also reportedly will leave open the possibility of executive action as president to achieve that aim if Congress wouldn't go along. Which it won't, if the past is any predictor.

She also reportedly will target a loophole that allows felons to purchase guns if their background check hasn't been completed in three days. This allowed South Carolina shooter Dylann Roof to buy a gun despite a felony record.

She says she wants to lead a national movement to counter the NRA. This is more popular with the public at large than it is with the political class. Another Clinton, named Bill, stood up to the NRA as governor of Arkansas and managed to weather its anger, but guns have been potent weapons against other politicians in recent Arkansas history.

Messaging is everything and the NRA is nothing if not sophisticated about messaging. A bare majority in 2015 Pew polling, for example, said that it was more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns than to control gun ownership. (My emphasis.) Gun safety advocates criticized the wording, but you can expect to see it repeated in the public debate.

But specific questions reveal a different picture: 85 percent support background checks for private and gun show sales; 67 percent want a federal database to track gun sales; 80 percent want to prevent the mentally ill from obtaining guns; 58 percent want a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

PS: Clinton also proposes to end legal immunity for gun sellers. And she'd back prohibiting weapons sales to domestic abusers.

And this seemed on point today:

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