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. joe burden

    so why didnt she use her "gun experience" to shoot down those "snipers" in bosnia? oh wait, both stories are lies!!! this woman never seizes to amaze me.

    April 12, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Hi

    Gun experience? Like the sniper fire in Bosnia? *grin*

    April 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. da

    I hope the American peolpe wake up and see what this kool aid (BO)
    hypocrit's true colors are. Hillary should pound and pound this message, and just maybe the kool aid democrats will make an intelligent vote for her. He is a con artist of the most dangerous kind.
    He squirms his way out of everything just like a serpent. The media should not let him get away with this one but I see it's happening already.


    April 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Sarah

    This is really funny. Ha, ha, ha. Clinton has always been anti-gun, check her record. What a phony. OBAMA 08'

    April 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Dean - Colton, CA

    The President's attitude towards guns has nothing at all to do with anything. The Second Amendment gives us the right, and it matters not whether the President disagrees or not. Remember – the President is the head of the Executive Branch... the branch that enforces the laws, not make them.

    This is just another one of those annoying attempts to appeal to people on a non-issue. Tell us what you will do to deal with the economy, the environment, immigration, health care, international trade, etc. Views on religion, guns, etc. are more or less unimportant... unless, of course, you agree with Obama that people turn to these issues because they believe politicians won't deal with the real important ones.

    So which is it Hillary?

    April 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. Ken, LA California

    I would rather have a job than a gun, that is what Obama meant, no one is taking away the second amendment, if people in PA would rather vote for guns thans jobs so be it.

    April 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. Ilona Proud Canadian



    SEND HER TO IRAQ!!!!!!!!!

    April 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. jps

    “You know, my dad...taught be how to shoot when I was a little girl,”

    Little did she know she would be dodging siper fire years later

    April 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. California

    Hillary 08 President.

    April 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Bill - Charlotte

    They should have given her a gun in Bosnia and she wouldn't have had to run.............

    Is there a single subject on the planet that this woman is not an experienced expert?

    April 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Jimmy O

    Hillary and Bill for President. Please vote the Clintons for a third term. We do not deserve better, that is our destiny. They know how to lie like real politicians.

    The Clintons and the Bushes forever. After Hillary, Jeb Bush. After Jeb Bush, Roger Clinton. After Roger Clinton, Jeb Bush Jr. After Jeb Bush Jr., the lady we have all been waiting for, Chelsea Clinton.

    Vote the Clintons for third term please , so they can get to "work" for the American people. A couple of more millions from dubious businessmen and "supporters" would not hurt.

    Hillary 08, the Bosnia warrior, Ready to "lead" on day one. Strong on foreign policy, defeated snipers in Bosnia. Tested, Strong, the fighter...!!

    April 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. George

    Being able to twist someone's remarks is certainly slick. Slick is not a character trait that is synonymous with trust Hillary. When you sleep with a slick woman you should hide your wallet..

    April 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. Kyle in San Diego

    Wow, the pandering just DOES NOT stop. I really think the Hillary campaign has resorted to sitting around the television screen, picking out parts of Obama's speeches that they feel they can twist and use to trip him up, while attempting to pander to that particular group of people he makes reference to. It's become so sad and obvious that she's reactive versus being proactive in her campaign.

    Not to mention that it's very difficult for me to believe anything that comes out her mouth. Let's see if there's some fact checking in regards to this behind-the-cottage shooting, lol. Or maybe, Ellen can bring Hillary on her show to teach the audience how to shoot. ((ridiculous))

    April 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. mark from PA

    Hillary is out of her mind. there is no way i woud give a gun to my children or to teach them how to shoot . hillary, what you have is not true

    April 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Heavy the D

    This woman is actually grasping everything that will deviate her appalling and unfortunate lies about her Bosnia trip and the uninsured pregnant woman from voters mind, but the fact still remains the same. She is incapable of organizing her campaign staff. She is bluffing about her experience wow, this is funny to me because I've not seen anything good out of her 36 years in the Government other than being the bossy woman in her home with her little dog(Bill). She should give us a break, no wonder why someone called her a monster actually in upper cases MONSTER.

    April 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. Are you kidding me?

    It's funny how Clinton and McCain are taking the same approach at attacking Obama. That should tell people a lot about Clinton and her loyalties to the larger Democratic party. She needs to take her selfish ways someplace else.

    April 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Dan

    Of course you do, Hillary. You've just shot yourself in the foot with gun-control activists.

    April 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. Brian from NYC

    ENOUGH!!! ENOUGH!!!! Can the Clinton's ruin the country while they increase their bank accounts anymore? The people of the Keystone state can stop this!!! PLEASE – ENOUGH of the lies and immoral leaders in the White House

    April 12, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. Jane

    Does this mean that Clinton supporters are a bunch of bobbleheads? I guess at least Indiana they are.

    April 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. kris

    shame on you hillary..you should just declare yourself as a republican now

    April 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. Bri

    Huh? Where was she going with that last statement. I guess that woman's question got her flustered.

    April 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Bitter???????

    Perhaps Obama's experience with guns and church have been more on the negative side, he after all has only belonged to Rev Wright's church, so I can see why bitter would come into his mind when talking about religion. He has only lived in Chicago, so I can also see why only negative things come to his mind when he thinks of guns.

    But the rest of us, we are not Chicago and our church's are not like Rev Wrights.

    April 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Latina Here

    Go Hillary your our Girl!

    April 12, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Goldie

    That is not what Obama said. Clinton is twisting this. Obama believes in Second Amendment rights. There is no difference between the two on this issue. Obama was saying that the issue of guns or gay marriage or immigration becomes the issue that people vote on when they don't believe the government will do anything about the economy. That is what I heard. That is how the Republicans have won on for a long time, by people voting on other things than the economy and if Clinton doesn't understand this well, she won't be a good candidate against McCain. And frankly, Clinton doesn't seem to see anyone but optimistic people even when they have been left behind by the economy. That's who she saw in Pennsylvania, the upbeat ones. No upset people need bother her.

    April 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Tito Valentino

    of course we know your experience with guns in Bosnia. Wonder why you didnt use your trained skills to take out all the snipers before they started shooting. Liar. America will surely be the laughing stock of the world if they vote you to power.

    April 12, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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