Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks before the third annual Circle of Mothers conference on May 21, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (AFP photo)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has slammed her Republican rival Donald Trump
for his recent proposals to allow firearms in classrooms, accusing the GOP presumptive nominee of pandering to the gun lobby.
Clinton made the comments in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday, a day after Trump was endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), one of the most influential lobbying groups in Washington.
“Unlike Donald Trump, I will not pander to the gun lobby,” Clinton said during a keynote speech at the Trayvon Martin Foundation’s Circle of Mothers dinner. “We will not be silenced and we will not be intimidated.”
“Parents, teachers, and schools should have the right to keep guns out of classrooms, just like Donald Trump does at many of his hotels, by the way,” she said.
“This is someone running to be president of the United States
of America, a country facing a gun violence epidemic, and he’s talking about more guns in our schools.”
Clinton also said the country must take action to end gun violence in America.
“At long last, we must do something about the gun violence that stalks communities and terrorizes families. And this is on the minds of every one of us here tonight, as we remember all of the young people who have been lost,” Clinton said. “This problem isn’t going away.”
Before her remarks, Clinton met backstage with 60 mothers who have lost their children to gun violence or police incidents.
On Friday, Trump sharply criticized Clinton’s policies during a speech to the NRA’s annual Leadership Forum, claiming that Clinton would “abolish” the Second Amendment if elected.
“Crooked Hillary Clinton is the most anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment candidate ever to run for office,” Trump said Friday.
The US Constitution’s Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms. Gun-rights groups, including the NRA, argue that restrictions on gun purchases would not improve public safety.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), firearms are the cause of death for more than 33,000 people in the United States
every year, a number that includes accidental discharge, murder and suicides.