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. charles

    she lying...i will never believe anything she says

    April 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Ardnuas

    We will NOT allow McClinton and McSame to DIVIDE and CONQUER us!
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    April 12, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Me

    i listen to obama's latest taped conversation, i agree with most of it, people just can't handle the truth. stop getting offended because his not afraid to say it like it is.

    ps: NRA should contact hillary for their next national spokesperson, she is a natural when it comes to spin.

    April 12, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Coleman R. Brice, Asbury Park, NJ

    Le puke..

    April 12, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Kathy

    She should have used a gun on Bill many many times.

    April 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Oregon speaks

    Oh great. Now she is the great white hunter. Don't fall for it Pennsylvania. The rest of the country is counting on you to be brighter than that. This old time politician will tell you anything.

    April 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Jed in Texas

    Pander, pander, pander,she should have taken it to Bosnia.

    April 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Michael

    God, she is going to run this "bitter" thing into the ground just to win PA, like she did with the 3am ad to win Texas. The sad thing is that it is all just bs. Obama's use of the word "bitter" was correct; Americans ARE BITTER and for good reason. The word isn't demeaning, it is an accurate way to describe the anger and frustration people feel when their country has forgotten about them.

    Sad that Clinton can twist Obama's words and there are actually people who fall for it.

    April 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. White folks please coming from a white man

    What ever Hillary. Once again you mis-speak

    April 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Andrew Nelson

    Leave it to Hillary to pick the wrong thing to say.

    April 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. Tommi in So Cal

    Good Girl Madame President to be.

    Obama is on the side of OBAMA about whatever is important for him to look good. He panders to the crowd. Catch on.

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

    OMG what a line of bull!
    Only from the mouth of a Clinton~!

    April 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. D.L.

    “I have gone hunting. I am not a hunter. But I have gone hunting."

    What an amazing load of self-serving hooey. Seriously. How can anyone believe a word she says? I find her brand of politics absolutely appalling.


    April 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Abhijit Ajmera

    Killing innocent animals with guns and having fun out of it, hmm, sounds sick if not bitter. It is not culture, it is called being a savage in 21st century.

    April 12, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |

    Obama is right. Clinton is saying that shooting is part of a culture and she want to president and cut down gun crime. how can you create death and the same time want to reduce it. Clinton is insane. I will never believe such a liar.

    April 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. david

    This sounds like another tall tail. If she had any experience with guns, I think she would know the sound of sniper fire – or not.

    It's okay. It's a good story to swing dicks with the boys.

    April 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. Jess, Indiana

    Hilary is never going to let this die. Besides, Obama was exactly right. American's are bitter, bitter at their government for allowing their jobs to be outsourced. Too bad people aren't willing to see and recognize this.

    Jess, Indiana, Obama Supporter

    April 12, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. paul oregon

    hillary has done it all dont know how the us has gotton along with
    out her this longif you think she good now what till hillary an, billary
    get in the white house. maybe her an cheney can go hunting

    April 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. Utah Teacher

    Let's try this in smaller sections–less confusing that way...
    Part One:

    I realize that there are some well-educated, open-minded, gun-toting, religious citizens out there. SOME. Most citizens fit into only two or three of those categories. People are either enlightened or not. The wealthy can afford enlightenment (college, etc.); the poor that cannot escape the cycle of poverty created by wealthy republicans can only cling to hope–the one hope to which the poor have clung since almost the beginning–religion. Throughout history and at this very moment, more people have been killed for religion than for any other reason.

    April 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. amelia

    Can the Hillster ever NOT turn something into a petty argument?

    *eyeroll* This lady is too much. There goes another bit of the -rather small- amount of respect I have for her.

    April 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. JJ

    the same red state people that helped bush get 8 years in office are now trying to help hillary become the next democratic candidate, no biggie it will just make my decision to vote McCain that much easier. its all very funny and sad.

    April 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Leano

    The problem with Clintonian politics is that it is opportunistic, therefore it gets carried away by the wind. Obama politics is visionary hence, he does not have to overstrategize, and be like the wave of the sea tossed about without foci. That is why he's not said anything about the Bosnia thing, because that is not what he's about. For this reason we say that Clinyon says almost anything to win.

    April 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Sue

    I used to think Clinton would be the best choice for President. Then I watched her deliver gaffs that became harder and harder to swallow. She says we need change – but she is Washington. She opposes NAFTA, yet she has benefitted from her husband's 800K for promoting it in Columbia. She has parsed every word Obama speaks, especially when he utters the truth we all know – and comes back today to say that everything is suddenly glorious (what happened to the tanking economy? Did we miss something?). Has she lost her home to foreclosure lately? Has she lost her job to NAFTA? Has she had to tell her kids that they can't buy new shoes because funds are low? If she had, wouldn't she be bitter? I am sick of these games she plays. If we cannot speak the truth about issues, and sugarcoat them to get elected, then who will fight for us?

    April 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Realistic

    And snipers. Hillary knows a lot about snipers too.

    April 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Steve from Austin, TX

    These are the kinds of stories HRC needs to focus on because they can not be verified.

    April 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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