Gun Control Proponents Use Tragedy to Attack Sen. Ayotte on Background Checks

Erica Lafferty, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung, attended Senator Kelly Ayotte's (R-NH) town hall meeting on April 30 and asked the Senator why she voted against expanded background checks.

Lafferty pointed out that Ayotte said she voted against background checks in the interest of gun store owners who would be harmed by them. Then she asked: "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 not getting the answer she wanted, Lafferty marched out of the town hall meeting, making it clear she "had had enough."

This set the stage for emotional shouting matches that failed to take into consideration the key issue about expanded background checks--namely, that they would have done nothing to prevent the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. 

Background checks were already in place when the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary happened, and expanding them will not do anything to stop a determined and wicked person from carrying out such a heinous act again. Adam Lanza was a cold-blooded killer who went around background checks by stealing the weapons he used to commit his crime. 


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