Bill Clinton: Gun control opposition ‘is nuts’

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 19:19 EDT
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Bill Clinton via AFP
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Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday said those who opposed gun control measures like banning the sale of high-capacity magazines were crazy.

“I grew up in the hunting culture, but this is nuts,” he said during a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show. “Why does anybody need a 30 round clip for a gun? Why does anybody need one of those things that carries 100 bullets? The guy in Colorado had one of those.”

“Half of all mass killings in the United States have occurred since the assault weapons ban expired in 2005,” Clinton continued. “Half, in all of the history of the country. So I hope that former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) and other people who stepped up after the Newtown tragedy will have some impact on this.”

The former President also addressed the NRA’s proposal to prevent school shootings by hiring armed guards to patrol schools.

“There are going to need to be some armed guards in some schools where there is a higher crime rate and kids themselves may take weapons to school, absolutely, but it is not an excuse not to deal with this issue.”

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by the Associated Press, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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