WASHINGTON -- After a mass shooting at a community college in Oregon left at least 10 people dead and nine wounded on Thursday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for a "national movement" on gun control to counteract the political power of the National Rifle Association.
"I have to tell you, Janet, I am just sick of this," Clinton told Janet Wu of the Boston ABC affiliate WCVB Thursday evening. "I'm sick about it, and I feel an absolute urgency for this country to start being sensible about keeping guns away from people who should not have them."
When Wu asked why Clinton thought she could win battles against the NRA, the candidate pointed out that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, signed the federal assault weapons ban in 1994. (The law expired in 2004.) She added that citizens themselves clearly wanted more restrictions on gun purchases, since gun control measures often pass via ballot initiative.
"I'm going to be pushing this issue," she said. "Universal background checks, a long-enough waiting period so that people can't sneak in under the deadline because the full investigation wasn't completed. I would like us to be absolutely determined, as I am, to try to do something about this."
This article has been updated with revised casualty figures for Thursday's shooting.
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