"It's long past time to say enough," she said while receiving an award from the Brady Center. "It's time to act."
Other Democrats have said Hillary Clinton's position on gun control is more popular within the party.
When James Carville said ,"It's the economy, stupid," it wasn't meant to insult anyone. It was to emphasize a point that should be obvious, but had instead been obscured by over-complication. We need to apply that same sense of pragmatism to the national conversation about guns.
For years the NRA has actively fought against and prevented research on the causes and costs of gun violence. Why have we put up so long with efforts to block all research on a huge public health threat that injures and kills tens of thousands of Americans every year?
The Brady Law, named for my husband after he was shot in the 1981 attempt to assassinate President Reagan, required background checks for gun purchases from licensed gun dealers. Most private sales, including those at gun shows, don't require background checks. That's insanity.
Gun violence is contrary to the will of God, and thus we are called to do what we can to change the reality of our circumstances so that moviegoers and school children no longer have to be afraid of living in a violent world.
Cars don't kill people. And we all accept the common sense rules around car ownership and driving. Why do people not interpret these laws as infringing on their rights? Because these are rational ideas and for the common good.
We now mark the anniversary of Jim Brady's shooting with a renewed sense of loss: Tucson. A major difference between the two tragedies is that the outcome on January 8 was even more deadly.
If President Obama truly wants a system that no longer allows countless violent criminals to "effortlessly" avoid background checks, eventually he will have no choice but to confront the NRA, and defeat it.
After a month of silence following the horrifying Tucson shootings, the NRA's "top gun," Wayne LaPierre, returned to his old talking points before CPAC this week. "These clowns want to ban magazines?" La Pierre raged, "Are you kidding me?"