After the San Bernardino attacks, Democrats were eager to talk about gun policy. Republicans were eager to discuss domestic terrorism. Hillary Clinton wants to combine the two topics into one conversation.
At a counterterrorism speech in Minneapolis Tuesday, Clinton criticized Republicans for refusing to make a connection between accessible guns and terrorist attacks.
“I know that this will drive some of our Republican friends a little crazy. … They will say that guns are a totally separate issue, they have nothing to do with terrorism,” Clinton said. “Well, I have news for them: Terrorists use guns to kill Americans, and I think we should make it harder for them to do that ever again.”
The former secretary of State also called for banning people on the no-fly list from purchasing guns in the United States, saying, “If you are too dangerous to fly, you are too dangerous to buy a gun—period.”
The comments on gun control came as part of Clinton’s five-part plan to fight homegrown terrorism and radicalization. That plan, she said, involves working to shut down ISIS’s recruitment in the United States, particularly online; stopping potential terrorists from training overseas and returning to the United States; improving intelligence coordination to discover terrorist plots before they happen; supporting and training local law enforcement to deal with threats; and engaging the Muslim-American community in the process.