[Video] Daughter of Newtown Victim Confronts Senator Kelly Ayotte During Town Hall
Erica Lafferty, whose mother, Dawn Hochsprung, was killed at Sandy Hook, decided to confront New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte at her first town hall since December.
“You had mentioned that day you voted, owners of gun stores that the expanded background checks would harm. I am just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the halls of her elementary school isn’t more important than that,” Lafferty said.
Ayotte responded: “Erica, I, certainly let me just say – I’m obviously so sorry.”
“And, um, 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 doesn’t happen again,” Ayotte said. “Where we are right now, my focus has been on wanting to improve our current background check system,” she said. “Frankly, we have fallen down on actually prosecuting gun crimes and violations of our current background check system.”
Like Ayotte, I too am extremely sorry for Lafferty’s loss. It is grief that I cannot comprehend. That said, and I’ve said this before. We don’t pass laws that affect over 300,000,000 people in order to give a group of people closure. This background check legislation would have done nothing to prevent what happened at Sandy Hook. Adam Lanza’s mother bought her guns legally and underwent a background check. The same background check that would be used in the proposed background check bill. It was only after she was murdered that those weapons were used in a crime.