Hillary Clinton leads panel discussion on national security in Hampton

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton discussed national security and defense at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton Wednesday.

Clinton led a panel discussion that included military officials, service members and family of those who have served in the armed forces.

Clinton began with an opening statement and she mentioned the lone wolf terrorists that are affecting national security.

“As President, I will make identifying and stopping lone wolves a top priority. We will assemble a team across the government, and private sector of our communities to get on top of this challenge.”

Clinton spoke about gun control and said, in the case of the Orlando tragedy, if you are on a watch list you remain on that watch list and should not be able to buy firearms.

“If the FBI is watching you for a suspected terrorist link, then you should not be able to buy a gun with no questions asked,” Clinton said.

The statement got loud and continuous applause.

Clinton was asking lots of questions and taking notes during the 90-minute exchange.

Retired Military veteran Terron Sims II spoke about the need to take care of the military families.

“Supporting spouses and finding jobs, and we need to make sure the local economies are relatively strong,” Sims said.

Clinton said she is concerned about pay day lenders and how they set up shop across the street from military installations.

“It’s just disgraceful how we have junior enlisted who are eligible for food stamps… We had military people seeking help from food pantries, and I don’t think that is something that people understand,” Clinton said. “So it is important that we don’t just talk the talk, but we really provide the support they deserve and their families.”

It should be noted the issues brought up by the panel are current issues that remain after two terms of the Obama Administration, which included Hillary Clinton as former Secretary of State.

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