Americans who wish for increased awareness and legislation on gun ownership have gotten a boost from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Clinton, currently the lone Democrat who has announced a run for the White House for 2016, is known for her support for gun control legislation, dating back to her years as a U.S. senator for New York.
During a town hall event last year, Clinton continued her rhetoric.
“We cannot let a minority of people, and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people, hold a view point that terrorizes the majority of people,” she said.
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Gun control groups are heavily supporting Clinton’s candidacy, saying her well-known views on the topic create a starting point for new discussions and legislation to take place.
“As Hillary runs for president, she has a tremendous opportunity to educate the American public about how effective background checks are and the need to finish the job,” Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, said.
The Brady Campaign was created in the 1980s in the aftermath of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981. During the attempt, former White House Press Secretary Jim Brady was permanently disabled after being wounded by the assailant, John Hinckley, Jr. Brady died in August 2014, in a large part due to the injuries he sustained during the attack.
While liberal groups promote Clinton’s candidacy and views, conservative groups are just as energized.
The National Rifle Association’s annual convention featured a number of potential Republican presidential candidates who criticized Clinton for attacking Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
“If Hillary Clinton is going to join with Barack Obama and the gun grabbers and come after our guns, then what I say is, come and take it,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said to the audience.
In recent data, more Americans seem to side with Cruz than Clinton on the issue. In December 2014, a poll conducted by Pew Research stated 52 percent of Americans believed it was more important to protect gun rights while 46 percent opposed.
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