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Hillary Clinton Calls For Ending 'Epidemic Of Gun Violence' In New Campaign Ad

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 3/11/2015 Mollie Reilly
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled a new campaign ad Tuesday calling for lawmakers to take action against gun violence.

The ad, which features the former secretary of state speaking at a town hall last month, highlights Clinton's anti-gun violence proposals, which include strengthening background checks.

"This epidemic of gun violence knows no boundaries," Clinton says in the ad. "How many people have to die before we actually act? Before we come together as a nation?"

The 30-second spot will air in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Watch the ad above.

Clinton has made gun violence a key issue in her campaign, vowing to "get those guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them." She's also attacked her main opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), for his record on gun control. (Sanders voted against the Brady Bill, which made background checks mandatory, in 1993.) 

Sanders, meanwhile, has strongly voiced his support for stronger gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting at an Oregon community college last month.

"Condolences are not enough,” Sanders said in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. "We've got to do something … We need sensible gun control legislation."

A HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted in August found 55 percent of Americans are in favor of stricter gun laws.

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