In her speech in Baltimore, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demonstrated once again why she is a much better choice for president than Sen. Bernie Sanders on the gun violence prevention issue ("Clinton makes a case for cities," April 11). She explained how she worked hard with President Bill Clinton to enact the Brady national background check law in 1993, which has since blocked millions of criminals from getting guns. I remember congratulating her on her great work at the White House signing ceremony. Senator Sanders voted five times to defeat the Brady Law.
Ms. Clinton pointed out that she opposed the "Charleston Loophole" which the gun lobby got put in the Brady Law which enabled the Charleston shooter to get the gun with which he killed nine people at Mother Emanuel Church. Mr. Sanders voted for the "Charleston Loophole." Ms. Clinton told how she joined then Sen. Barack Obama and Rep. Elijah Cummings in voting against the gun lobby's top priority of giving blanket immunity from lawsuits to gun manufacturers and sellers. Mr. Sanders voted for that disgraceful measure, which could now block parents of the kids killed in the Newtown massacre from bringing a suit against the manufacturer and sellers of the assault weapon which killed their children. Mr. Sanders' plea that he made these bad votes because he is from rural Vermont is no defense because his fellow senator from Vermont, Patrick Leahy, voted the right way on all these bills at the same time that Mr. Sanders was voting with the gun lobby.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has worked hard to enact life-saving gun violence prevention laws for decades and is the best choice for those who want our next president to be someone firmly committed to standing up to the gun lobby and saving lives from gun violence.