It didn’t take long for the left to call for more gun control in the wake of the deadly massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando which left 49 dead and more than 50 wounded. With Shooter Omar Mateen reportedly using an AR-15 rifle to carry out the attack, Democrats are once again taking aim “assault weapons”, with some going as far as to call for the reinstatement of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.
In a recent interview on CNN’s New Day, Hillary Clinton jumped on the assault weapons ban bandwagon.
“I think we’ve got to get back to common sense safety reform, you can’t fall into the trap that was set up by the gun lobby that say you can’t stop every incident, that we should not try to stop any,” Clinton said in a recent interview. “We did have an assault weapons ban for 10 years, and I think it should be reinstated.”
The Federal Assault Weapons Ban to which Clinton is referring was signed into law by her husband Bill Clinton in 1994. The ban expired in 2004 and was lifted.
The ban would have make the AR-15 used by the perpetrator of the Orlando nightclub shooting illegal. It should be noted, however, that the ban did not succeed in preventing deadly mass shootings. The massacre at Columbine High School, for example, took place in 1999 during the ban.
Clinton added that while she believes that Americans have the right to “bear guns” she believes that right must be restricted for safety purposes.
“I believe law abiding responsible Americans have the right to bear guns, but I also believe with the vast majority of Americans that there are common sense, constitutionally permissible steps that we can take to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists while respecting the Second Amendment,” Clinton added.
Hillary reiterated her position in a Tweet on Sunday:
“We need to keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals.” —Hillary on the FL attack
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 12, 2016