Daughter of Sandy Hook Victim Calls Out Sen. Ayotte
Erica Lafferty angry over senator's vote against background checks
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2013 6:42 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Republican Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has been taking flak for her vote against stronger background checks, especially because she was the only East Coast senator north of Virginia to do so. Today, at her first town hall meeting since that vote, Ayotte got an earful from the daughter of Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, reports NBC News.

  • “You had mentioned that day the burden on owners of gun stores that the expanded background checks would cost," said Erica Lafferty. "I am just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the halls of her elementary school isn’t as important as that."

“Erica, I, certainly let me just say, that I’m obviously so sorry,” Ayotte replied. “And, I think that ultimately when we look at what happened in Sandy Hook, I understand that’s what drove this whole discussion—all of us want to make sure that that doesn’t happen again.” She went on to explain that background checks wouldn't have stopped Adam Lanza, and that she's working on legislation that puts an emphasis on mental health. Lafferty walked out when Ayotte went on to the next question.

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May 1, 2013 4:34 PM CDT
I've listened to Ayotte's actual town hall response with the sound turned way up and text captions turned on several times now. Ayotte did not answer the question. 89% of Ayotte's district wanted the background checks, but she voted against them. Ayotte opted to not represent her district. She told Lafferty that she was sorry about her mother. Then, Ayotte said that Sandy Hook wasn't a background check issue, but a mental health issue. Well, we can always make that mental health business part of background checks, right? Background Check: Does anyone with mental illness reside at or have access to the home where this gun will be kept?
May 1, 2013 4:22 PM CDT
The NRA has bloody hands !
May 1, 2013 12:28 PM CDT
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) revealed that some members of his party opposed expanding background checks for gun sales recently because they didn't want to "be seen helping the president