Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that the fatal shooting of two journalists by a former co-worker in Virginia proved that the nation needed stronger gun-control laws.
“We have got to do something about gun violence in America — and I will take it on,” Clinton told reporters after presenting her agricultural agenda at Des Moines Community College in Iowa. “There are many people who face it and know it but then turn away because it’s hard.
Hillary Clinton said ‘we need to do something about gun violence in America,’ and by that she means gun-control for law abiding citizens. Clinton and Obama will take every opportunity, and in this case a terrible tragedy, to push their agenda on the American people.
They should be focusing on taking guns away from criminals who purchase them on the street, but this is not about our safety, this is about control.
“It’s a very political difficult issue in America — but I believe we are smart enough, we are compassionate enough to figure out how to balance the legitimate Second Amendment rights with preventive measures and control measures so that whatever motivated this murderer who eventually took his own life we will not see more deaths, needless, senseless deaths.”
Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot dead while doing a live news report for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va.
Ward recorded the shooting with his camera, even capturing an image of the gunman afterward, as his camera lay on the ground. Watch the graphic video here..
The gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. He was fired from WDBJ in 2013.