USA: Clinton declares her determination to tackle gun violence
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attended a panel discussion in Charleston, South Carolina, on Tuesday, to discuss the issues of gun control and systemic racism in the USA. Clinton held a conversation with the mothers of three victims of gun violence, Lucia McBath, Maria Hamilton and Sybrina Fulton. During her speech, Clinton acknowledged the effect gun violence has on African-American communities - as “by far the leading cause of death by young African-American men,” declared the Democrat. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin who was fatally shot by a police officer in Florida in 2012, praised Clinton's outspoken support for African-American communities, "Nobody reached out to us, nobody listened to us, nobody said 'Black Lives Matter' until this brave and powerful woman stood up for us." Clinton proposes gun safety measures that, she deems, are "common sense.” She also expressed the importance of tackling the USA's "gun culture" which, Clinton says, has led to an "epidemic of violence." The issue of gun control gained urgency in the US following a series of police shootings of unarmed African-American men in 2015.