Clinton to Dems: Don’t Get Smug on Gun Culture
Warns of political consequences for gun control
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2013 10:42 AM CST
Former President Bill Clinton delivers a speech at the Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit in Dana Point, Calif., on Monday Jan. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Leonard Ortiz)

(Newser) – Bill Clinton has a message for Democrats who might shrug off gun supporters: “Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them,” he told a gathering of top donors yesterday, according to Politico. “A lot of these people live in a world very different from the world lived in by the people proposing these things. I know because I come from this world."

“A lot of these people, all they’ve got is their hunting and their fishing,” he said. “Or they’re living in a place where they don’t have much police presence. Or they’ve been listening to this stuff for so long that they believe it all.” Clinton cited polls that found a majority of Americans favor increased gun control legislation, but warned that there would be political consequences anyway: “Do not be self-congratulatory about how brave you (are) for being for this. The only brave people are the people who are going to lose their jobs if they vote with you.” In other gun news, five people were injured in accidental shootings at gun shows yesterday.

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DanGallagher
Jan 21, 2013 8:12 AM CST
I wonder how many of these comments are from non-Americans. Hey your input is welcome of course, though you have little idea how this country works, or at least, is supposed to work. The funny thing about the constitution is once you start editing it (illegally, I might add) is that nothing is sacred. Propose draconian gun laws now, what's next? Perhaps something sacred to you. Right to privacy (abortion)? Free speech? Freedom of religion. It's ALL on the table - as the constitution now offers zero protection and America is nearing complete monarchy. Let's hope you agree with the next monarch as much as you do this one, because new rules have been established for our governance. :o)
Zero_for_President
Jan 21, 2013 12:30 AM CST
America is a fascist, bankrupt and collapsing corporate global military empire that has supported the NE gun manufacturers and "Pax Americana" since the end of the Civil War. The nation's TRADITION is to find new enemies that need killing (hacking breasts off Cheyenne women in 1870) giving Korea to Japan in 1905, overthrowing democracy in Iran in 1953 and Australia in 1976. Today, Americans continue to rape a woman a month in Okinawa and we're GIVING P-3 Orion military aircraft to Vietnam so they can be America's ally against China in the next war. YOU are going to an NDAA 2012 death camp, moron! What, you don't know about article 1032: Detainee has no right to trial "for duration of hostilities." American morons.
dawnarun
Jan 20, 2013 11:28 PM CST
The Australians have gun control, but people who still have legitimate reasons to own guns are able to own them...