Courtesy of Politico:
Remarking upon Sanders' frequent invocation of his rural state of Vermont in defending his past votes (though he does currently support an amendment to the liability bill in the Senate) Clinton noted that most of the guns used to commit crimes in New York come from elsewhere — many of them from neighboring Vermont.
“Most of the guns that are used in crimes and violence and killings in New York come from out of state. And the state that has the highest per capita number of those guns that end up committing crimes in New York come from Vermont," Clinton said during a gun violence panel in Port Washington, accompanied by family members of people who were killed in mass shootings in recent years.
"So this is not, 'Oh, you know, I live in a rural state, we don’t have these problems,'" she continued. "This is, you know what? It’s easy to cross borders. Criminals, domestic abusers, traffickers, people who are dangerously mentally ill — they cross borders, too. And sometimes they do it to get the guns they use. This has to become a voting issue for those of us who want to save lives.”
While Clinton is correct that Vermont has the "highest per capita" number of guns that find their way into New York, to be honest in 2014 that number was only 55, which made Vermont number 14 of the 15 top states where guns come from that find their way into the hands of New York criminals.
A little disingenuous to be sure.
However I am with Hillary as far as making gun control a central feature of her presidential campaign.
I think, considering the certainty of intense NRA funded blowback on that issue, it is a gutsy move, and also furthers President Obama's agenda, which I like.