- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Hillary Clinton slammed Republican “gun worshipers” for exploiting people’s “unwarranted” fears regarding “sensible” gun-control legislation in a forthcoming interview.

During an interview with her former campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri, a preview of which was released Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton said Republican lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz are “opportunists” trying to stoke fears in Americans that Democrats are trying to take their guns.

“The opportunists on the other side, like Cruz and his ilk, they know better and they are in the position of trying to keep people really riled up and scared that sensible gun legislation like we had in the ‘90s for 10 years will somehow undermine their rights,” Mrs. Clinton said.

“Well, what about the rights of all the rest of us?” she asked. “The rights of us to go to work, go shopping, go on dates to the movie theater, go to school, for heaven’s sake — what about the rest of us?”

The former secretary of state and twice-failed Democratic presidential candidate said Republicans have the upper hand in the gun-control debate because of the filibuster, which requires a 60-vote threshold to pass controversial legislation in a Senate that’s currently split 50-50.

“You know, democracy is the balancing of interests and rights, and unfortunately at this time, the gun worshipers have a huge advantage because of the filibuster and because of their shameless exploitation of people’s unwarranted fears,” Mrs. Clinton said.

House Democrats voted earlier this month to expand criminal background checks to all gun sales and transfers, but Republicans and moderate Democrats in the Senate have voiced opposition. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Thursday he would bring background check legislation to the floor after the Senate returns April 12.

Ms. Palmeiri’s full interview with Mrs. Clinton will air Thursday.

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