One of the major issues of the 2016 election cycle thus far has been gun control.
Gun control has often been an extremely polarizing topic in American politics, drawing deep divides across party lines with Democrats generally in favor of stricter gun laws and Republicans opposed to these measures.
This polarization is true despite the fact that the majority of Americans (55 percent) favor stricter gun laws, according to a Gallup poll conducted last year.
Another Gallup poll shares that 62 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with current gun laws in 2016.
Because this topic is so important, I’ve put together information on what both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have said about gun control, so you can go to the polls informed and ready to make the right decision for you.
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Clinton has been quite outspoken about her support of stricter gun laws. She has been a long-time supporter of expanding background checks and re-enacting an assault weapons ban.
Below are some of the things she has said about gun control:
“It’s time the entire country stood up against the NRA.”
– Democratic Debate, Oct. 2015
“Many will argue that we don’t need sensible gun control, and that these measures undermine the rights of gun owners. And of course, we all know the slogan that guns don’t kill, only people do. We have to do more to stand up to those who refuse to believe the reality that guns do kill, and that common-sense gun measures can make a difference.”
– Speech, May 2000
The Republican nominee’s views on gun control have become more conservative since he has become a presidential candidate. In the years before his candidacy, he was more moderate on the issue.
Below are some of the things he has said about gun control:
“Nobody has a good solution. This is another issue where you see the extremes of the two existing major parties. Democrats want to confiscate all guns, which is a dumb idea because only law-abiding citizens would turn in their guns and the bad guys would be the only ones left armed. The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions. I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons, and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase guns.”
– “The America We Deserve,” 2000
“The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.”
– Campaign Website, 2016
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Casey is a college junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying journalism and strategic communication. Casey enjoys chocolate, horror movies, and Netflix binge-watching. She swears she’s normal(ish).