Hillary Clinton Unveils Plan to Tackle Gun Violence Using Executive Action

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On Monday, Hillary Clinton plans to unveil a series of proposals aimed at reducing gun violence that includes the possible use of an executive action to close the “gun show loophole,” which currently allows gun sales to proceed even if background checks on individuals are still pending.

The Democratic presidential candidate is expected to announce the plan at two town hall events in New Hampshire. In advance of the appearances, Clinton’s campaign released a statement outlining her proposals that detail her push for comprehensive background checks, the tightening of loopholes and internet gun sales even if “Congress fails to act,” and efforts to block individuals with domestic abuse records and the mentally ill from obtaining firearms.

In the wake of Thursday’s deadly rampage at a community college in Oregon, the former secretary of state called on lawmakers to enact stricter gun control legislation and vowed to help loosen the grip of the National Rifles Association on Congress.

“I’m going to try to do everything I can as president to raise up an equally large and vocal group that is going to prove to be a counterbalance,” she said in response to the latest mass shooting in America. “And we’re going to tell legislators, do not be afraid. Stand up to these people because a majority of the population and a majority of gun owners agree that there should be universal background checks. And the NRA has stood in the way.”

Gun control is one area in which Clinton has appeared markedly more progressive than Sen. Bernie Sanders. In the past, the Vermont senator has drawn criticism from Democrats for his more libertarian stance on the issue, including his controversial support for a 2005 law that protects gun makers against lawsuits from victims of violence. In her plan on Monday, Clinton will reportedly announce her efforts to repeal that law as well.

Following Thursday’s massacre, Sanders said he agreed with President Barack Obama’s statements saying prayers and condolences were not enough to tackle gun violence in America.

Read Clinton’s sweeping plan here.

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