AARP Bulletin asked, “What would you do to address terrorism?”
Well, these are legitimate fears. I believe that people are rightly concerned about violence. Terrorism is part of that violence, and we have to do the best job we can to keep America safe. So I’ve laid out a very comprehensive plan about taking on the terrorists, going after them where they operate, doing everything we can to take away their territories so they can’t mastermind attacks from afar. But we also have to go after them online because that is where they recruit, radicalize and direct attacks. And we need to do a better job of getting there early, rooting out people who are vulnerable and preventing that from happening.
But I’m looking at violence broadly. … It’s also why I’ve advocated gun-safety reform, like comprehensive background checks, closing the gun-show loophole, closing the online loophole—because, you know, it’s not only terrorists we need to be worried about. Terrorism is part of it, but gun violence kills 33,000 Americans a year. … We’ve got to get serious about stemming violence and terrorism in every way we can.
Again, I ask… how does gun control stop pressure cooker and pipe bombs? How does gun control get the mentally ill the help they so desperately need? How does gun control protect me and my family in our home late at night when some guy kicks in the door? Seriously, Hil. My mom’s handicapped. What chance does she have against a home invader? And why should I be afraid to leave my mom in her home alone for a few days while I take a trip? How did gun control work out for the people in Pulse Nightclub? How did gun control work during the Boston Marathon bombings? How did gun control help with the recent explosions in NY, NJ, and Pa.? How does gun control stop terrorists from taking over a commercial flight with box cutters? How does taking my guns stop crime? I have no record. Hillary, I don’t even kill bugs. So what threat am I to national security?