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Hillary Clinton: Va. Shooting Proves Need for Stronger Gun Laws

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 04:15 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the fatal shooting of two journalists by a former co-worker in Virginia proved that the nation needed stronger gun-control laws.

"We have got to do something about gun violence in America — and I will take it on," Clinton told reporters after presenting her agricultural agenda at Des Moines Community College in Iowa. "There are many people who face it and know it but then turn away because it's hard.

"It's a very political difficult issue in America — but I believe we are smart enough, we are compassionate enough to figure out how to balance the legitimate Second Amendment rights with preventive measures and control measures so that whatever motivated this murderer who eventually took his own life we will not see more deaths, needless, senseless deaths."

Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot dead while doing a live news report for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va.

Ward recorded the shooting with his camera, even capturing an image of the gunman afterward, as his camera lay on the ground.

The gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. He was fired from WDBJ in 2013.

A local economic development official about local tourism whom Parker was interviewing was wounded in the shooting. She was being treated at a local hospital.

In Iowa, Clinton expressed her condolences to the journalists' families and the television station.

"I feel just great heartache at what happened, and I want to reiterate how important it is we not let yet another terrible instance go by without trying to do something more to prevent this incredible killing that is stalking our country," she said. "We've had so many terrible instances of it in the last two years, but it happens every day — intentional, unintentional, murder, suicide."

She emphasized the need for tighter gun laws.

"It happens every day, and there is so much evidence that if guns were not so readily available, if we had universal background checks, if we could just put some time-out between the person who is upset because he got fired or the domestic abuser or whatever other motivation may be working on someone who does this, that maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage," Clinton said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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