The campaign for Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton will release a new television advertisement in South Carolina ahead of the primary that features Rev. Anthony Thompson who lost his wife in the Charleston church massacre in June 2015.
In the testimonial ad, to be released over the weekend, Thompson recalls the moment he heard of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina and speaks of Clinton’s call for more gun control.
“I was thinking in my mind, we need to make some changes,” Thompson said in the ad. “Hillary is really committed to making sure that the guns don’t get into the wrong hands.”
Thompson said Clinton is “standing with the president to get stronger gun laws so no family ever has to go through anything like this again” as the ad touts Clinton’s gun control plan which includes expanding background checks.
News that a 21-year-old white man had gunned down nine members of a historically black church during bible study shocked Charleston and rest of the nation.The shooting sparked a nationwide conversation on gun control, race relations and the symbolism of the Confederate flag.