Clinton made the remarks during a campaign event in Philadelphia.
“When it comes to guns, we have just too many guns. On the streets, in our homes, in our neighborhoods,” she said. “And, you know, there’s been a lot of talk in this campaign, in the primary campaign, about the power of certain interests in our country. And we do have a bunch of powerful interests, make no mistake about it. But there is no more powerful lobby than the gun lobby.”
Clinton in recent months has intensified her anti-2nd Amendment rhetoric in a bid to win over Democrats turned off by opponent Bernie Sanders’ more sensible positions on American firearm ownership.
Back in October, the former first lady praised Australian-style gun control and said a similar mass disarmament of citizens is “worth considering” in the U.S.
She said federal gun confiscation could take place under the guise of a buyback campaign similar to the Cash for Clunkers program that accompanied the U.S. auto industry bailout.
“I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level, if that could be arranged. After the terrible 2008 financial crisis, one of the programs that President Obama was able to get in place was Cash for Clunkers. You remember that?” she asked. “It was partially a way to get people to buy new cars because we wanted more economic activity, and to get old models that were polluting too much, off the roads. So I think that’s worth considering.”
And earlier this month, Clinton said she is in favor of legislation that would make it easier for victims to sue firearm manufacturers when the products they produce are used in a criminal manner.
She’s also begun talking again about her long-held belief that the federal government should impose a 25 percent across the board sales tax on firearms.