Hillary Clinton’s White House Bid Energizes Gun Control Supporters

Gun-control advocates have high hopes for Hillary Clinton’s presidential run, viewing her as an ally who can finish the push for tightened background checks that has stalled in President Obama’s second term.

Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, has been a staunch advocate of gun-control proposals, such as expanding background checks and banning assault weapons. Last summer, she ripped groups that oppose those ideas as out of step with public opinion.

Second Amendment advocates are equally energized by Clinton’s presidential bid.

Republican presidential contenders lambasted Clinton as a “gun grabber" in a series of speeches at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual convention earlier this month.

For the first time in decades, a majority of Americans say it is more important to protect gun rights than it is to limit gun ownership, according to a December poll from the Pew Research Center.

The same Pew poll found that a slight majority of women now believe owning a handgun can protect them from becoming victims of crime.

This rising popularity of guns among women could help Republicans in swing states like Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina and New Hampshire, according to GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.

“Obviously, any way that Republicans can appeal to women, with Hillary Clinton on the other side of the ticket, it certainly can’t hurt,” O’Connell said.

Read more from Tim Devaney at The Hill

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