Daughter of #Newtown victim confronts Sen. Kelly Ayotte on guns at town hall meeting

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Video via Concord Patch, Rabbi Robin Nafshi of Temple Beth Jacob in Concord, one of many who were shocked by Kelly Ayotte’s vote against gun background checks, spoke at a gun safety presser.

Kelly Ayotte held her first town hall meeting since voting against the gun background check bill. She might be regretting that right about now.

Erica Lafferty-- whose mother, Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and who was tragically killed by the shooter-- had this to say:

"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." [...]

After her exchange with Ayotte, Lafferty stood and stormed out of the town hall.

Asked afterward why she had done so, Lafferty said: "I had had enough."

oof 2Ayotte usually takes pre-submitted questions at her meetings, and then a pre-selected moderator chooses and reads them. In other words, there are a lot of "pre's".

But at this particular town hall, that didn't work out quite the way she expected.

Via First Read, here's what happened just prior to Lafferty's exchange:

"You can't deny people the right to speak because they haven't filled out a card. I have a question," [Eric] Knuffke shouted. Supporters of Ayotte shouted back at him.

"I do every single town meeting this way, and we have a process," Ayotte responded, though her voice -- thin and high-pitched from a cold -- was drowned out by the noise.

"You want to regulate that but you don't want to regulate guns," Knuffke yelled back.

Why Eric, what an excellent point. Say it with me: Hy-poc-ri-sy.

So then what happened?

"Sit down and shut up!" a member of the crowd shouted back at him, with others joining in.

Well now, that meeting went well. Way to go, Kel!

But wait! There's more! WaPo:

We have her on the record,” [Nancy] Martlind said of Ayotte. “Then there’ll be another big shooting incident, and we’ll know where she stands.

Lafferty, whose parents used to vacation at a mountainside inn just a few towns away, said Ayotte’s answer on Tuesday was different than what she’s heard before.

I’m going wherever she goes next,” Lafferty said.

By the way, Kelly, how are those poll numbers workin' out for ya?

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  • http://twitter.com/SteelCowboy44 Steel Cowboy

    Ayotte has no moral compass, and for a woman to have no compassion for murdered, mutilated 5 and 6 year olds is sickening. Ayotte and her ilk are not fit to serve the public. She panders to the Gun Lobby, the NRA (with only 4 million members) and ignores the 300,000,000 Americans who want background checks, registration and no clips over 10 rounds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.erickson.7505 Jeff Erickson

    Follow the heartless bitch to the ends of the earth...

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla

    as Grandma used to say "you made your bed...."

  • labman57

    The standard response from Republican members of Congress to the loved ones of Newtown victims:
    "You're just a pawn of the Obama Administration, but you're apparently too naive and dumb to realize that you're being manipulated.
    And by the way -- your opinions don't matter anyway."

    This is what happens when you regard empathy and compassion as character flaws, and when you dismiss the "will of the people" as meaningless whenever it conflicts with your own political agenda and ideology.