Hillary Clinton: 'I'm Not Here to Take Away Your Guns'

By Susan Jones | July 29, 2016 | 4:58am EDT
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reaches for a falling balloon at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) - Hillary Clinton devoted part of her speech Thursday night to guns, telling the Democrat National Convention, "If we're serious about keeping our country safe, we...can't afford to have a president who's in the pocket of the gun lobby.

"I'm not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I'm not here to take away your guns. I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place," Clinton said.

She once again called for "common-sense reforms" to "keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and all other who would do us harm," but she did not offer specifics.

She has campaigned on a promise to make all gun sales subject to background checks; to remove legal protections for gun manufacturers so they can be held "accountable"; and to ban "military-style" weapons.

"For decades, people have said this issue was too hard to solve and the politics were too hot to touch," Clinton said on Thursday night. "But I ask you: how can we just stand by and do nothing?"

Clinton mentioned the relatives of people killed by gun violence and the relatives of police officers, who died in the line of duty because they were "outgunned" by criminals.

"I refuse to believe we can't find common ground here," she said. "We have to heal the divides in our country. Not just on guns. But on race. Immigration. And more. That starts with listening to each other. Hearing each other. Trying, as best we can, to walk in each other's shoes."

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