April 12th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton touts her experience with guns

Sen. Evan Bayh looks on as Sen. Clinton greets supporters in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Sen. Evan Bayh looks on as Sen. Clinton greets supporters in Valparaiso, Indiana.

VALPARAISO, Indiana (CNN) - Hillary Clinton appealed to Second Amendment supporters on Saturday by hinting that she has some experience of her own pulling triggers.

“I disagree with Sen. Obama’s assertion that people in our country cling to guns and have certain attitudes about trade and immigration simply out of frustration,” she began, referring to the Obama comments on small-town Americans that set off a political tumult on Friday.

She then introduced a fond memory from her youth.

“You know, my dad took me out behind the cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake called Lake Winola outside of Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl,” she said.

“You know, some people now continue to teach their children and their grandchildren. It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are. Not because they are bitter.”

Minutes later, in a slightly awkward moment, Clinton faced a question from a woman in the audience whose son had been paralyzed by a gunshot. The woman asked Clinton what she would do about gun control as president.

Clinton touted her husband's record on gun control during his administration, and said "there is not a contradiction between protecting Second Amendment rights" and the effort to reduce crime.

Noting that many hunters and gun collectors want to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals, Clinton referred to her positive childhood experiences with firearms.

"As I told you, my dad taught me how to shoot behind our cottage,” she said. “I have gone hunting. I am not a hunter. But I have gone hunting."

Clinton said she has hunted ducks.

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (548 Responses)
  1. Utah Teacher

    Whatever...

    April 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. Chelsea

    This woman just needs to stop....I don't see how anyone is still buying her cheap crap.......We are at a pivotal time in this world and its time to think outside of the same old small dusty box......we need new ideas and fesh faces..........

    April 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. James

    Look at me, Pennsylvania! I make $10 million per year and have a hyper-educated elitist family, but I used to shoot guns in Scranton. I'm really one of you!

    April 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Unemployed and bitter

    There she goes again... this time she's the sniper.

    April 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. Jim

    Hillary:

    YOU DON'T KNOW GUNS. Stop pandering to the press.

    You thought that Bosnian girl's poetry reading was SNIPER FIRES.

    YOU DON'T KNOW GUNS.

    April 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Lee

    What's this new piece of fiction about Hillary Clinton's love for guns?

    If she was such a good shot, it's surprised that she didn't pull out a weapon and start shooting back when all the bullets were whizzing around in Bosnia.

    Seriously, she seems willing to say just about anything these days if she thinks it'll help her campaign. These are evidently desperate times.

    April 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. citizenwells

    Obama missed a vote in Dec 1999 in the Illinois Senate on gun control.

    April 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. david Brickner

    This is the sickest thing that i have seen in a long time!!Hillary Clinton on the Second Amendment. She is a co-Senator with Charles Schumer, the most anti-gun person in the Senate. Could this campaign get any goofier!!? What's next?? Bill entering the priesthood????

    April 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    she lies! I bet she's thinking about some sniper fire or something again! McCain and Clinton are not fit to be president!

    April 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Jonze

    Hillary Clinton is so disingenuous. She is completely misrepresenting what Barack Obama said. Her description if what he said compared to what he actually said is like her description of landing in Tuzla under sniperfire and what it was really like landing in Tuzla.

    Also worth noting that Hillary Clinton was anti-gun when it was politically expedient back in 1999 when she was running for the Senate in NY. She blasted the gun lobby then and now she's painting herself as some sort of gun lover.

    She'll say whatever it takes to get elected.

    April 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Mary

    She alsp hunts down ( and shoots) her political opponents!

    April 12, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Hillary has serious issues

    Evan Bayh is questioning Obama about "bitter" remark, saying SuperDelegates need to 'consider' that, yet not Hillary over NAFTA, Bosnia, Healthcare stories, and her LIES? Where is the common standard when Obama gets hammered on symantics and Hillary lies (repeatedly). Bayh's a centritst who, 40 years ago, would have been a Goldwater Republican like Hillary. Why does the media give more time to these stories than Hillary's numerous fallacies?

    April 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. John

    No, we really are bitter and guns and church really do help in dealing with our frustration with the poor leadership in government. I wish I could believe you Hillary. First you were shot at and now you're doing the shooting. What next–you were born a poor black child?

    April 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. JerDawg

    For the love of Christ, please go away. You have no experience and your campain is a mess. If you can't run a campain, how do you expect to run a country? Release the Library fund records so we can see who is in your back pocket. You and your husband are disgusting.!!!

    April 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Ilona Proud Canadian

    OKAY HERE WE GO AGAIN FOLKS! I KNEW IT WAS TIME.

    ANOTHER HILLARY MIS-SPEAK!

    HILLARY PRAISED BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER BROWN FOR HIS DECISION NOT TO ATTEND THE OLYMPICS! HELLO, HELLO, ANYONE HOME. PRIME MINISTER BROWN NEVER SAID THAT HE WAS BOYCOTTING THE OLYMPICS........HE WILL ATTEND.

    ONCE AGAIN HILLARY MIS-SPEAKS, LET'S SEE WHAT THE MEDIA WILL DO WITH THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. Bob

    Talk of say anything or do anything to win election. That is what Sen. Hillary Clinton candidacy is based on!

    April 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. demo crazy

    Billary, you are old news, and old politics, old status quo, you dont remember to tell everyone that your family are republicnas and remember a republican is always a republican no matter what you say now or do later..

    blah blah blah

    McCain or Obama

    April 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Genevieve

    Obama's views are actually shared by many people around the world, especially Europeans. Gun culture and bible-thumping are regularly singled-out as salient examples of the 'red neck' culture and general backwardness of small-town America. Obama would like to culturally 'convert' small-town America. As for Hillary, I think she would like to do so too, but she is not as stupid or politically naive as Obama. On the other hand, she has a tendency to over-empathize with voters... this bit about 'I know about guns' won't really help her... it just makes one think about what she said about sniper fire.

    April 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. ICHOPE

    “You know, some people now continue to teach their children and their grandchildren. It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are. Not because they are bitter.”

    But Hilliary, do you think that's how the killing on college campus happen, People hunting for food is ok, but shooting...shooting at what?

    April 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. When will it all End

    In essence the fight is all about being the first to make the statement. Obama was not wrong. He was absolutely right.
    Catch Up is monsterrous.

    April 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Eric

    This is too funny. Hillary is like that person who always a a story for every topic of discussion,out doing anyone within an earshot's radius. I also find it funny how easily she she can blame failures on everyone or everything except the source(who or what could that be). Is she auditioning for a play or running for President of the United States of America?

    April 12, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. Will in CA,

    Bet the lessons came in real handy when you had to dodge that sniper.

    April 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. Jared in WA

    Can someone fact check this, please? Hillary's been known to make up stories before. Did her grandfather really build a cottage? Is there really a Lake Winola outside of Scranton? Has she ever actually fired a gun? Does she really have a father?

    April 12, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. Kate, Atlanta

    Hey, let's wait until the actual film footage comes out to show this never happened, she was really just picking flowers.

    April 12, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. BJ Mulder

    Clinton and McCain have just been waiting for this. To bad they can't win without nagativity. They will now try to continue this until the april 22nd primary. I just hope that all people realize the good in Obama and rise above this petty stuf. I will continue to be faithful to Obama because I believe he is the one to be our next president. I also believe he ia an honest man and Clinton has been caught in her own lies. I hope this back fires on her. I don't believe McCain has the strength to become a president.

    April 12, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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