CLEVELAND, Ohio — Hillary Clinton kicked off her campaigning as a presumptive Democratic presidential candidate at Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center today.
Introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown, Clinton made it clear that in light of the shooting massacre in Orlando, her speech would be much different from she originally planned.
“I originally intended to come to Cleveland under much different circumstances. But today is not a day for politics,” she said.
An American-born man who’d pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 49 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11, authorities said.
Clinton said it is important to remember the victims, their families and first responders.
“This is a moment when all Americans need to stand together,” she said.
She emphasized that the threat of terrorism and radicalizaion of both groups and “lone wolves” like the Orlando gunman is “metastasizing.”
She pledged that as president, she would make identifying such individuals a priority.
She said there are three areas that need attention when it comes to fighting terrorism.
First, she said the U.S. and its allies need to identify the networks providing money, weapons and other support to terrorists all over the world.
Second, she said, “we must harden our own defenses here at home. Help support law enforcement that risks their lives.” She said it’s imperative that the country give law enforcement the proper resources and supplies to stay safe as they fight terrorists.
“Even as we make sure our security officials have the tools we need, we need to stop terrorists from getting the tools they need to carry out attacks,” she added.
She spent a lot of time talking about the availability of assault weapons in the U.S.
“I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets,” she said. “We have to make it harder for people who should not have those weapons of war…it will stop some and it will save lives.”
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