Hillary Clinton: Gun violence is out of control

Hillary Clinton calls for more gun control measures from politicians.

“Gun violence in our country is out of control. And it’s killing our children,” she said. “It’s outrageous that we allow this and that there are people who worship guns more than life.”

From mass shootings to the dangers of social media, the former Secretary of State and her daughter Chelsea spoke on a range of issues during a policy talk at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday. The two landed in Canada to promote their documentary series, Gutsy, which premiered September 9 on Apple TV+.

The hour-long talk, moderated by Sophie Grégoire Trudeau (wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), was therapeutic and candid as the mother-daughter duo spoke candidly about motherhood (“the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” admitted the older Clinton to ), bullying (“people said hateful, really scary things to me,” the younger Clinton recalled), menopause, and “the disaster of the 2016 election.”

Hillary began the conversation by paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8th. Clinton, who “had the pleasure and privilege of meeting her on a number of occasions,” recalls the late monarch as “someone who was engaged and inquisitive. She wanted to know about you.”

“She rarely voiced her own opinion – it was not royal duty – but was very quick to inquire as to what she thought,” Hillary continued. “I found her to be an incredible example of service, leadership and duty.”

The Clintons also discussed what it means to be bold, a question that is the focus of their eight-part series, which features women from all walks of life, including Gloria Steinem, Megan Thee Stallion, Kim Kardashian and Jane Goodall.

“The bravest thing I ever did was stay in my marriage,” said the former first lady. “It’s not the right choice for everyone.”

Another hot topic for the Clintons is the negative impact of social media and screen time on young people.

“I don’t want to live in VR. I don’t want to live based on what other people expect of me,” Chelsea said. “I don’t want to live in reaction to other people’s opinions.”

Her mother, who is no stranger to online exams, puts it simply: “We let our kids down. Tech companies are failing our kids. We should have a set of standards or beliefs about screen time.”

This is important, she continues, because “we are what we consume. “And we’re running a massive experiment on kids with our technology. They are consuming technology in ways unprecedented in human history. We’re seeing some results where we’re seeing an increase in anxiety, depression, bullying, misogyny, sexism and other things that people wouldn’t say to your face but are completely free to say to or about you online.

On a lighter note, the Clintons talked about simple pleasures to help with the technology detox, like nature walks and gardening.

“We did really well with our tomatoes,” Hillary Clinton said. “Last year was a disaster. This year has been really good; We have cherry tomatoes and traditional tomatoes, lots of lettuce, lots of peppers, green peppers, peppers, chives, lots of herbs.”

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/hillary-clinton-toronto-film-festival-gun-violence-1235368069/ Hillary Clinton: Gun violence is out of control

Charles Jones

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