DAVIE, Fla. (WFLA) – Hillary Clinton came to Florida Friday looking to rally not just voters but people to really promote her campaign. She spoke at an event at Broward College in Davie in front of hundreds.
“The economy works betters for America and Americans when we have a Democrat in the White House,” Clinton said.
Much of her speech centered on gun control after a gunman killed nine people in Oregon Thursday. “I’m going to fight for new effective gun control measures. I got to tell you that it’s just heartbreaking, sickening to see another massacre. People should not be afraid to go to school,” Clinton said.
“What is wrong with us that we can’t stand up to the NRA and the gun lobby, and the gun manufacturers they represent? I’m well aware this is a political mountain to climb, but you don’t get anywhere without calling it out, but we have had too many murders, too many people who should’ve never gotten guns in the first place,” Clinton said.
Many people in the crowd were anxious to hear exactly how Clinton could keep them and their families safe. “I don’t think a lot of the candidates actually sees the way gun control affects us. Being that I am in school everyday, the fact that mass shootings are happening at schools basically daily now is a scary thing,” Breanna Beach said.
“Gun control would help but then again, people kill people and not guns,” student Nahuel Piecora said.
Not all of Clinton’s supporters agreed with her call for gun control. “I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I would say that I’m not entirely on board with everything she had to say,” Clinton supporter Jack Rapp said.
There were Republicans in the crowd ready to critique Clinton’s stance. “We need to talk about this. These are difficult issues but we need to have those conversations. What we believe is criminals and those who have mental illness they should not have access but we don’t believe is taking access to those who do pass their background checks,” said Wadi Gaitan from the Republican Party of Florida.
Clinton is expected to make several other stops in Florida to fundraise.