In light of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, an effective conversation regarding gun control in America has never been more imperative.
Following the shooting that killed more than 10 people, democratic front-runner in the 2016 presidential race spoke before a crowd at Broward College in Davie, Florida blasting the National Rifle Association and Republicans for supporting it:
“What is wrong with us that we can’t stand up to the NRA and the gun lobby and the gun manufacturers. This is not just tragic. We don’t just need to pray for people, we need to act, we need to build a movement.”
And that is exactly what Clinton intends to do whether she works with Congress or looks toward her potential presidential abilities to do so. On NBC’s Meet The Press, Clinton unveiled plans to enforce stricter gun control in this country, including closing the loophole allowing people to skirt around background checks when purchasing firearms.
Called the Charleston loophole, it is named after the recent shooting of a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in which the shooter Dylan Roof was able to purchase a gun over the Internet without a background check, despite previous offenses on his record including a drug charge.
In addition to eliminating the loophole, Clinton stressed the need to expand these background checks and hold the manufacturers liable in the deaths of people at the hand of the purchaser.
As Clinton holds a Town Hall Meeting through New Hampshire Monday afternoon, she will continue to address the topic and continue to declare her plans.