Frequency and force with which Clinton and other Democratic candidates discuss gun issues marks evolution on once-taboo issue for the party
by Lauren Gambino, The Guardian, 11/4/15
Hillary Clinton is attempting to make reducing gun violence a key part of her presidential campaign, as a once politically sensitive campaign issue moves front and center in the wake of the Charleston church massacre in June.
“Thirty-three thousand people a year die from something,” the Democratic frontrunner said at a campaign event at Grinnell College in Iowa on Tuesday night. “Shame on us if we don’t respond.”
The frequency and force with which she and the other Democratic presidential candidates discuss gun violence prevention marks an evolution on an issue that was once a near-taboo for Democrats on the campaign trail. Since a 21-year-old white supremacist killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, in June, Clinton has wrapped toughening the nation’s gun laws into her standard stump speech….
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