Hillary Clinton Promises Tougher Gun Laws in Speech After Orlando Shooting: 'Weapons of War Have No Place on Our Streets'

At least 50 people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday

Hillary Clinton called for a ban on assault rifles and urged Americans to unite in the wake of the Orlando terror attack – like the nation did after the September 11 terror attacks – in an impassioned speech in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday.

The 68-year-old presumptive Democratic presidential nominee spoke to a room full of supporters and vowed to fight for stricter gun laws and stop “lone wolves” who carry out terrorist and hate crimes.

“We have to make it harder for people who should not have those weapons of war,” she said. “And that may not stop every shooting, or every terrorist attack, but it will stop some and it will save lives and it will protect our first responders.”

She added: “Weapons of war have no place on our streets.”

The statements come just one day after suspect Omar Saddiqui Mateen allegedly opened fire on Pulse nightclub around 2 a.m., killing at least 49 people and injuring at least 53 before dying in a shootout with authorities after 5 a.m.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, Reuters reports.

She reflected on the 9/11 terror attacks, saying that “Americans from all walks of life rallied together with a sense of common purpose on September the 12 and in the days and weeks and months that followed.”

“We had each others’ backs. I was a senator from New York. There was a Republican president, a Republican governor and a Republican mayor,” she recalled.

“We did not attack each other. We worked with each other to protect our country and to rebuild our city It is time we get back to the spirit of those days, the spirit of 9/12.”

Clinton noted in the speech that the “terrorist in Orlando targeted LGBT Americans out of hatred and bigotry” and said an attack on any American “is an attack on all Americans.”

“To all the LGBT people grieving today: you have millions of allies who will always have your back,” she said. “I am one of them.”

She declared war on radicalization and networks that support terrorism, noting that while Mateen may be dead “the violence that poisoned his mind is not.”

She called specifically for a ban on assault weapons, mentioning shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and San Bernardino, California.

“If you’re too dangerous to get on an plane, you’re too dangerous to buy a gun in America,” she said.

She added: “I have laid out a plan to defeat ISIS we cannot contain this threat. We must defeat it.”

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