Tonight's Democratic presidential debate promises to focus heavily on gun control. But it wasn't too long ago that the leading Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, touted her own gun usage and asserted that Americans don't "cling to guns."
As Clinton said in the 2008 presidential race, in response to Obama's statement that Americans cling to their guns and religion, “I disagree with Sen. Obama’s assertion that people in our country cling to guns and have certain attitudes about trade and immigration simply out of frustration.”
Clinton added, “You know, my dad took me out behind the cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake called Lake Winola outside of Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl.”
“You know, some people now continue to teach their children and their grandchildren. It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are. Not because they are bitter.”
At the New York Times, Nick Kristof has written a column in favor gun control in the wake of Wednesday's terrible shooting of a local news personality and camera man near Roanoke, Virginia. It's a drearily predictable column in that it reiterates a number of pat talking points about gun control that are easily refuted. Kristof writes:
The son of a mass shooting victim is advocating that government do "something about gun violence"--and he's emailing Americans on behalf of Barack Obama's spinoff noprofit, Organizing for Action. Here's the email from Sami Rahamim, sent from the address email@example.com and with the subject line "I'm doing this for my dad":
Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death.
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, said Thursday morning that "people of faith" should come together to fight for gun control against the "gun lobby." In his opening remarks at a press conference on gun control organized by California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, Hall spoke about the influence of the so-called gun lobby in Washington. "Now, everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby," Hall said. "But I believe the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby." Watch the video below:
It was inevitable that after the massacre in a Colorado movie theater, the matter of gun control would come up and that the president would weigh in on the subject. And, according to this report by Michael A. Memoli in the Los Angeles Times, he has:
Patrick Gaspard, the executive director of the Democratic National Party, announced on national television that President Barack Obama "continues to support the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban."