Hillary Rodham Clinton says the nation’s gun culture is “way out of balance” and that the U.S. needs to rein in the notion that “anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime,” the Associated Press reports. The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said the idea that anyone could have a gun was not in the “best interest of the vast majority of people.” She said that approach did not conflict with the rights of people to own firearms.
Clinton waded into the polarizing issue of gun politics at the National Council for Behavioral Health conference in Oxon Hill, Md., pointing to recent shootings involving teens who had been playing loud music and chewing gum and another incident involving the typing of text messages in a movie theater. “I think again we’re way out of balance. I think that we’ve got to rein in what has become an almost article of faith that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime,” she said. “And I don’t believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people. And I think you can say that and still support the right of people to own guns.” If Clinton runs for president, her views on gun control would clash with Republicans, who have opposed efforts to tighten gun laws.