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Hillary Clinton Has 'News' for GOP Field: 'Terrorists Use Guns to Kill Americans

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"This will drive some of our Republican friends a little crazy"

Hillary Clinton speaks during the 2015 National Immigration Integration Conference in New York, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. (AP/Seth Wenig)

In a speech just hours before tonight's GOP debate in Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton knocked the majority of the Republican 2016 field for its stance on gun control.

"I know that this will drive some of our Republican friends a little crazy," the Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State said in a counterterrorism speech in Minnesota.

"You'll probably hear it tonight: They will say that guns are a totally separate issue, nothing to do with terrorism," Clinton said. "Well, I have news for them: Terrorists use guns to kill Americans, and I think we should make it a lot harder for them to do that ever again."

Clinton also laid out some specifics of her gun plans, including barring people on the no-fly list from being able to purchase weapons, insisting on comprehensive background checks for gun-buyers "to close loopholes that allow potential terrorists to buy weapons online or at gun shows," and restoring the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The audience cheered loudly in response to the assault weapons proposal.

The Republican candidates should be asked to explain their insistence on protecting current gun laws at tonight's debate, Clinton argued.

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