Clinton blamed the media for contributing to a rise in the “level of fear and insecurity” among the public.
Hillary Clinton fielded questions about guns and about the self-defense law known as “stand your ground” during a town hall event held in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Clinton did not present any specific proposals to beef up gun control laws. Instead, she repeated the common call for “common sense” legislation to expand universal background checks.
“I feel so strongly that we are way out of balance here,” Clinton told the woman who asked her about guns — an activist with the Nevada branch of the gun control group Moms Demand Action.
“I don’t see any conflict between the legitimate protection of Second Amendment rights and protecting people from gun violence from people who should never have guns in the first place,” Clinton said.
She used the example of the shooting at a black church in Charleston, S.C. in June. She said that the shooter, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, “should never have gotten that gun.”
“They were waiting on information, and three days went by, and under the rules he got to get the gun,” Clinton said, seemingly referring to the FBI’s failed background check of Roof.