By Amanda Becker (Reuters), The National Memo
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged Monday to take on the powerful U.S. gun lobby, saying she would pursue expanded background checks and take steps to hold manufacturers accountable for crimes committed with their weapons.
Clinton was at a town hall in Manchester, New Hampshire, to unveil her plan to curb gun violence just days after a gunman killed nine people and wounded another nine last week on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
At times on Monday, Clinton’s voice cracked as she talked about the toll gun violence has taken on U.S. schools, movie theaters and other public spaces. She asked Nicole Hockley, an audience member whose 6-year-old son Dylan was killed along with 19 other children and 6 adults in a 2012 shooting at a Connecticut school, to speak briefly.
“How many people have to die before we actually act, before we come together as a nation?” Clinton asked the audience at the New Hampshire community college, which she said was similar to the Oregon campus….
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