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

Clinton touts her experience with guns

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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. Our American Right

    Firearms are a part of American culture and will always be. Obama's comment that Americans "cling" to their guns, was insulting to patriots; whose forefathers fought and died to protect our Right to Bear Arms.

    April 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. jlu2thdr

    Hillry would twist and spin breakfast cereral if she found out Obama did not like it.

    It is a sad state of elections nowadays when you have teams of people perusing the other candidates every utterance for ammunition (no pun intended).

    Hillary has been all about dragging down Obama for weeks now rather than touting her own qualifications...because every time she does, out pops a "fabrication"

    Bills says "They act like she robbed a bank" when Hillary flubs, but full disclosure of character when Obama mispeaks.

    April 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Mark

    It's time to end this perfect storm of stupidity and elect obama.

    April 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. SueB

    Well, Hillary, it's a good thing you know how to fire a gun. Next time you're in Bosnia with all those snipers, that could come in handy for you.
    In the meantime, you know that's not what Obama said. He said that when people feel helpless because their government has let them down, they turn to those things they can count on. Religion, family, friends, community. When people feel helpless, they fight for their rights. Guns are a tradition that go back to our pre-revolutionary days and people want to preserve their right to bear arms. When their jobs are outsourced to India and China (Thanks for that, by the way, Bill and Hillary), they may just not want immigrants to come into their communities to compete for the jobs that are left. Americans are not stupid, Hillary, we see through your attempts to hi-jack this nomination. It won't work. Go Obama!!!!!

    April 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Stacey

    What a liar! I don't believe a word she says. Hillary says whatever her supporters want to hear. She'll do and say anything to win.

    April 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. adrienne

    I don't think a winner is someone who merits themselves and only chance at winning is if their opponent makes a mistake, especially after Hillary Clinton made several, one after another.

    April 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. "Keeping it real"

    Everybody that gave a dime to the Clinton xampaign just wasted their money. What, did you think she could manufacture delegate votes out of the thin air or something? Yeh right! Just like she and all of her fellow cronies in Washington have manufactured you a bunch well paying jobs. Is this real? Can people really be this blind? Obama was right. With the lack of upward mobility, people will cling to their guns. Guess what? No one is challenging your right to own a gun. By N.C. I would be willing to bet that with all those guns out there... no wait, I pray that doesn't happen. This country wouldn't survive another 1968.

    April 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. Abraham Garcia

    The scent of desperation is not a flattering odor Mrs. Clinton.

    April 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. NObama

    Obama is "typical"

    April 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Rob Maz

    What a load, I can smell it from here... She is losing and now grasping at anything in an effort to garner more votes. She has always been anti-gun, almost to the point of paranoia. If she want to show how much she loves hunting, lets see her in the field shooting something. Just don't let Bill go with her, at this point we may have a Cheny re-enactment...

    April 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. JOLO of Houston

    Right now, I find myself waiting for the recant of this beautiful childhood memory of hers sometime this week that doesn't place her in Scranton.

    April 12, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. ap

    Look at her trying move into blue collar neighbourhood!
    This women is so crafty: if only she would do for the greater good.
    God,I'm sick of all this cra*.
    someone please stop this craziness.

    April 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Utah Teacher

    I'm switching my homepage to msnbc.com

    April 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. "Keeping it real"

    If she shoots bullets with the accurancy and consistency that she shoots out lies, the only conclusion one could come to is that she's in the wrong business.

    April 12, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. jeff

    she'a a hunter just like mitt romney. is this election making anyone else as nauseous as it is making me?

    April 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. JN

    Oh God...not ANOTHER Clinton story.....Can we trust that she is telling the truth about this and not misspeaking AGAIN>>>>Tell me what could be a pleasant experience when your a child shooting a gun??
    Do we really care that you have gone hunting??? Good now the animal rights activists have something on you!!! Is this story really that important?????

    April 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Rafeeq O. McGiveron

    How astoundingly disingenuous Hillary is when trying to soft-pedal her elitist disdain, if not downright suspicion and hatred, of law-abiding American gun culture! Clinton's criticism of Obama's remark about "bitter" gun-owners "cling[ing]" to the topic of gun rights is of course right on the mark. For Hillary to paint herself as somehow more of a down-home, gun-lovin' good ol' boy than her opponent, however, is absurd to the point of offending our intelligence. Hillary rarely met a gun-control law she didn't like, and in my book, that means she doesn't respect the Constitution, doesn't understand the gun culture, and doesn't trust the American public with their God-given rights. Please, Hillary–you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool gun-owners with such pandering drivel.

    April 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Mary from Pennsylvania

    Liar Liar Liar LIAR!!!

    I dont believe anything you say anymore Mrs.Clinton!!!! You are such an oportunist and deceiving politian!! I honestly loathe you!!

    You got your way thanks to CNN(Clinton News Network) that would rather cover stupidities like some stupid remark (that has a lot of truth to it) which Obama said, instead of HOW BILL CLINTON IS PUTTING A $800,000 CHECK INTO THEIR JOINT ACCOUNT TO PROMOTE FREE TRADE WITH COLOMBIA!!

    Come on CNN, report the REAL ISSUES, if this is news, I might as well go to Perezhilton.com

    VOTE OBAMA 2008!!

    April 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. harry

    Do you know about Bosnia sniper fire?

    April 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. Ellie

    Please Hillary just GO AWAY....

    My god, you are going to drive us to madness with your deceitful lies and idiotic laughter over the Columbia Free Trade question...

    Lord help me...

    April 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. pete

    so funny, hillary shooting a gun! Maybe she could go pheasant hunting with Cheney.

    April 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Patrick

    This is a joke, right? Hillary Clinton telling us about how pro-gun she is?? This can't be serious!

    Will we see her in October in a blaze orange suit belly crawling through the mud hunting squirrels?

    April 12, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. Mark Billingsley, Sacramento, Calif.

    If Hillary has so much experience with guns, why didn't she hunt down those snipers in the hills of Bosnia when she visited with Chelsea, Sinbad and Sheryl Crow? What a pandering fool she is...once again she twists Obama's words and takes them completely out of context. Unlucky for her that outright lies about Bosnian snipers don't have much context to twist and distort. Either she had to run for cover after landing or she didn't. SHE DIDN'T!

    April 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. Lisa Roos

    Wow she is shameless. So she has a connection to everyone, that's great. She also distorts the truth and will do anything for a vote.

    April 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. Law Student for Obama

    Sure she is pro-gun. Why don't you check out the NY Times article which exposes her back in 1999 as a gun control fanatic.

    April 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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