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Clinton Calls for "Common Sense" Gun Control

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    Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the 2015 United States Conference of Mayors on May 20, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The 83rd Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors runs through June 22.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for "common sense" gun control legislation and decrying "institutional racism" just days after a violent shooting in a historic South Carolina church that killed nine of its black members.

    Clinton said Congress should pass legislation keeping guns from criminals and the mentally ill while "respecting responsible gun owners."

    "The politics on this issue have been poisoned but we can't give up," the Democratic presidential candidate said at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco, after a West Coast fundraising swing.

    In 2013, Congress rejected legislation that would have expanded background checks on firearm sales.

    Clinton also addressed what she called a "long struggle with race," saying the country "can't hide from any of these hard truths about race and justice in America."