During an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Clinton called for a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. “We did have an assault weapons ban for ten years,” she said. “Let’s keep weapons off our streets like the one that was used in Orlando.” Clinton criticized Florida’s gun laws, blaming legislatures for not regulating assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines.
“If the absence of gun laws is so cool and liberty-inspiring,” she argued, “then let’s all just go to the nearest gun shop and load up on the biggest, baddest machine guns we can carry. And also, let’s not forget ammo, and while we’re there, why not also strap on some grenades, flashbangs and some Kevlar body armor? And the next time two neighbors get into an argument somewhere over whatever, we should all encourage them to get back in the house and bring out their awesome, new guns. And then what? Will we also collectively start going to millions of funerals around the country?”
Clinton also said that “guns don’t kill people; people like Ted Nugent make people kill people.” “If you’ve ever heard a word that came out of Ted Nugent’s mouth, you’ve realized that that man should not have been a public figure. His rhetoric is so flammable that sometimes I wonder whether his popularity has anything at all to do with his music and everything to do with his Hitler-like passion for advocating self-harm. His guitar playing is okay, I mean, he’s certainly no Hendrix, but if he were a dictator somewhere? We’d still be living in the Middle Ages because of him,” Clinton fired away, causing Cuomo to cover up his laugh.
“Let me say it one more time: guns are bad and we need less of them, not more,” the former Secretary of State said. “And if you think that doesn’t make sense, I’ve got news for you. There are countless examples of countries all around the world who enforce severe gun control and who are prospering because of it. Just take a look at France and Belgium. They are having a blast, quite literally. Their GDPs are booming and they’ve overcome recession very quickly. Why? Well, it’s certainly not because their citizens are allowed to have as many rifles and pistols as their hearts desire.”
“But it doesn’t even have to be Europe. Take a look at Israel, one of our closest allies. They’ve also got strict gun control laws and they’re in a real troublesome area. But are they in more danger because of it? No, they’re not. It’s actually quite the opposite. Because they’re such a peaceful country, their foreign policy has never had more success dealing with Palestinians. And that would have never been possible if it wasn’t for the fact that they give out the impression of wanting to make peace, not war. We can pretend all we want, but you can’t beat cold, hard facts,” Clinton said.
She added, “Terrorists respond most viciously to provocation. In their eyes, the fact that Americans are able to have all the guns they want right now is, in fact, just that. So, if we’re looking to minimize terrorist attacks, we need to have stricter gun laws, not the other way around. Besides, the Bible says, ‘Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.’ We’ve already got all the answers. It’s just, at the moment we’re choosing not to implement them.”