Hillary Rodham Clinton is talking on the campaign trail about toughening the nation's gun laws, which the Washington Post calls an important evolution in presidential politics. For several decades, Democrats seeking national office have often been timid on the issue of guns for fear of alienating firearms owners. But in a sign that the political environment has shifted in the wake of recent mass shootings, Clinton is not only initiating a debate about gun control but also vowing to fight the National Rifle Association.
“I'm going to speak out against the uncontrollable use of guns in our country because I believe we can do better,” Clinton said Tuesday in Iowa City. A few days earlier, she said in Hanover, N.H.: “We have to take on the gun lobby…I think it is the height of irresponsibility not to talk about it.” Clinton's comments could stoke millions of politically active gun owners, but they also stake out liberal ground in her primary race against insurgent Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Republican 2016 presidential candidates, in keeping with GOP orthodoxy, have spoken out loudly against gun control. Many spoke at the NRA's spring convention and tout their high ratings from the group.