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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Addressing a room full of parents who’ve lost children to gun violence, ‪Hillary Clinton paid tribute to those mothers and families and pledged her support to supporting gun background checks, confronting racial inequality and defeating Donald Trump.

‪Clinton spoke Saturday night at the Circle of Mothers event supporting the Trayvon Martin Foundation. The event was held at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale.

“‪I believe we have a moral obligation to protect our children no matter what zip code they live in,” Clinton told the crowd, which included mothers of people killed in high-profile shooting cases across the country including Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, a victim from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT and Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin.

‪Speaking just a few feet from a table full of photos of victims, Clinton said polls show there is broad bipartisan support for background checks on prospective gun owners.

“‪This is a matter of getting elected officials to do their jobs to keep people safe,” Clinton said.

‪Clinton also said racial inequality and a disproportionate amount of young African-Americans being imprisoned are issues she would address as president. ‪Her speech came just one day after Republican front runner Donald Trump earned an endorsement from the National Rifle Association and took a swipe at Clinton’s stance on guns.

“‪Crooked Hillary Clinton is the most anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment candidate ever to run for office,” Trump told the crowd.

‪Clinton responded on Saturday, saying Trump is trying to sow division and that he wants to allow guns in school classrooms.

“‪Parents, teachers and schools should have the right to keep guns out of classrooms just like Donald Trump does at many of his hotels, by the way,” she told the crowd.

‪Clinton said these issues matter to her as a mother and grandmother and she promised to listen and find solutions for those who have suffered the ultimate tragedy due to firearms.

“‪We must do something about the gun violence that stalks communities and terrorizes families,” she said.

‪Clinton promised that she would continue to speak about these issues and said it’s not her intention to take away anyone’s guns rather to enforce common sense gun laws.

‪As for the event, it’s believed the fundraiser tonight raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Trayvon Martin Foundation events in the future.


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