[B]ack in November 1999, when then-First Lady Hillary Clinton flew to Los Angeles to meet privately with people who had been injured when a neo-Nazi with an arsenal of weapons strode in to the North Valley Jewish Community Center in suburban Granada Hills and began shooting. Everyone who was wounded at the Center survived, but a postal worker in nearby Chatsworth was murdered before the shooter was captured.
The victims included Josh Stepakoff, a then-6-year-old boy who had been hit twice by semiautomatic gunfire. He, his parents, Loren and Alan, and his brother met Hillary that November day. He later told his parents he didn’t know who the woman was who talked with him – he just thought she was “a nice mom.”
Hillary didn’t just do her duty as First Lady that day and then forget about the NVJCC families and the horrific trauma they’d endured. A year later, when one million people attended Million Mom Marches in Washington, D.C., and cities across America, demanding sensible gun laws, Hillary joined them.
She’s been with them ever since – voting against the NRA-sponsored Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which shields gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits by gun violence victims; and calling in her presidential campaign platform to strengthen background checks, close gun purchase loopholes, make straw purchasing a federal crime, hold irresponsible gun dealers and manufacturers accountable for their products, take military-style assault weapons off our streets, and keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill.
And this June, when Hillary came to Los Angeles for a campaign event, she learned that Loren and other gun violence prevention activists who she’d met in 1999 were in attendance. She zoomed out to see them, greeting each of them by name, hugging them, asking how they were, and asking to see pictures of their now-grown children. It was a reunion of friends – not an obligatory campaign stop meet-and-greet.
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