Hillary Rodham Clinton used the high-profile shooting deaths of two Virginia television reporters on Wednesday to call for stricter gun-control measures, vowing that as president she would “do something” about gun violence.
Speaking to reporters in Iowa, Clinton said lawmakers must figure out how to balance 2nd Amendment rights with “preventive measures and control measures” that will halt gun violence that plagues the country.
“I feel just great heartache at what happened,” Clinton said about the shootings of the Roanoke reporters on live television. “I want to reiterate how important it is we not let yet another terrible instance go by without trying to do something more to prevent this terrible killing that is stalking our country.”
Though the issue of gun control has repeatedly come to the forefront of political discussions after high-profile mass shootings, it has led to no federal reforms.
In the wake of the December 2012 shooting of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., President Obama called on Congress to mandate universal background checks for buyers of guns. That effort faltered in Congress, though several states, such as Connecticut and Colorado -- site of the 2012 mass shooting at a movie theater -- passed stricter reforms that include background checks and limits on ammunition magazines.
Several national surveys have shown widespread public support for universal background checks.
Shortly after the racially charged massacre of nine black worshipers at a Charleston, S.C., church in June, Clinton called for stricter reforms, while some Republicans balked.
Days after the church shooting, Republican candidate Jeb Bush said that no mass shooting “would have been stopped with any of the ideas proposed by Barack Obama. Not a single one of them."
On Wednesday, after the Virginia shootings, Clinton was the most outspoken of the 2016 presidential hopefuls in calling for gun control. Many Republicans offered condolences but did not wade into the debate.
“We have had so many terrible instances of it in the last two years,” Clinton said of gun violence. “But it happens every day. Intentional, unintentional, murder, suicide.”