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NRA Says Clinton Comments Validate its Long-Held Skepticism

"The real goal of gun control supporters is gun confiscation. Hillary Clinton, echoing President Obama's recent remarks on the same issue, made that very clear.”

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) said on Friday that Hillary Clinton's comments in support of an Australian-style mandatory gun buyback show that gun control proponents are interested in gun confiscation.

"This validates what the NRA has said all along," executive director of the NRA's lobbying arm Chris Cox said in a release. "The real goal of gun control supporters is gun confiscation. Hillary Clinton, echoing President Obama's recent remarks on the same issue, made that very clear."

While speaking to a crowd in New Hampshire, Clinton was asked if the strict gun control measures, which included a mandatory gun buyback and destruction program, could be done in the United States. "Recently, Australia managed to get away, or take away tens of thousands, millions, of handguns," the questioner said. "In one year, they were all gone. Can we do that? If we can’t, why can’t we?"

"I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level, if that could be arranged," Clinton responded.

The NRA also pointed to Clinton's recent critique of the Supreme Court's stance on gun rights, first reported by the Washington Free Beacon, at a closed door fundraiser in New York as further evidence that she is for gun confiscation. "The Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment," Clinton told a group of donors. "And I am going to make that case every chance I get."

"Hillary Clinton just doesn’t get it," said Cox. "The NRA’s strength lies in our 5 million members and the tens of millions of voters who support the Second Amendment. A majority of Americans support this freedom, and the Supreme Court was absolutely right to hold that the Second Amendment guarantees the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms."

"Hillary Clinton's extreme views are completely out of touch with the American people."