As a possible harbinger of things to come from a successful bid by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the White House, she has added a state director for Everytown for Gun Safety to her team.
It was reported this week that Team Clinton hired Scott Hogan as the Minnesota organizer in its 50-state “grassroots organizing campaign,” by the MinnPost. As noted in his LinkedIn page, now since offline, Hogan has been working as the state director and campaign manager for Everytown for Gun Safety in Minnesota.
While Clinton has thus far been relatively mum about guns since announcing her candidacy earlier this month, while between jobs last summer, the former U.S. Senator and First Lady was candid on her feelings towards gun control in a town hall meeting on CNN, advocating for a ban on assault weapons and comparing gun right’s advocates to terrorists.
“I’m well aware that this is a hot political subject,” Clinton said. “And again, I will speak out no matter what role I find myself in. But I believe that we need a more thoughtful conversation. We cannot let a minority of people — and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people — hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”
The prospect of Clinton’s candidacy for the Democratic nomination was a hot topic of discussion at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Nashville earlier this month. There, at the Leadership Forum in which no less than 11 potential GOP nominees addressed the crowd, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s opening speech focused almost exclusively on the controversial figure.
LaPierre told NRA members in attendance of Clinton that, “She’s been coming after us for decades … trying to dismantle our Second Amendment freedoms.”
“She’s never met a gun control bill she didn’t like,” he said.
Gun control advocates have waxed poetic about the prospect of Hillary in 2016.
“As Hillary runs for president, she has a tremendous opportunity to educate the American public about how effective background checks are and the need to finish the job,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, noting that organization’s campaign to expand background checks to all 50 states.