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Sunday, September 25, 2016

WATCH: Daughter Of Newtown Victim Questions Kelly Ayotte At Contentious Town Hall Meeting

The backlash against Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) for her vote to block the expansion of gun sale background checks is intensifying as the senator returns home to face voters in the Granite State.

At a town hall meeting with constituents in Warren, New Hampshire on Tuesday, Ayotte was angrily confronted by Erica Lafferty, whose mother was killed in the Newtown massacre.

“You had mentioned that day the burden on owners of gun stores that the expanded background checks would harm,” Lafferty said, referring to the day that Ayotte voted against the Manchin-Toomey compromise bill to expand background checks.

“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 asked. Her mother, Dawn Hochsprung, was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, and was shot and killed in the attack.

Ayotte responded haltingly, saying “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 went on to explain that she didn’t believe that expanded background checks would have prevented the shooting.

Video of the exchange is below, via NBC News:

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Later in the day, a town hall in Tilton, New Hampshire, devolved into a shouting match when Lafferty walked out in frustration after Ayotte moved on from a gun safety question to discuss the September, 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Ayotte has become a top target for gun reform advocates since her “no” vote on the Manchin-Toomey background check compromise bill. Americans for Responsible Solutions — the pro-gun-reform group led by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly — has been running radio ads throughout New Hampshire ripping her for ignoring the 89 percent of New Hampshire voters who support expanding background checks, and Ayotte’s approval rating has plunged a net 15 percent in the wake of her vote.

If Ayotte seeks re-election, she would face New Hampshire voters in 2016.

  • docb

    This was a brave young women and ayotte is a bi–toch for making it about mental health repub bagger nra BS..She sounded so fake in her ‘pretend empathy’! The victims will not go away…More of us join them daily!

    This is not over but ayotte is! And Flake and the other 40 repubs and the 4 dems who chose nra profits over slaughtered kids!

    • Sand_Cat

      HOPE YOU’RE RIGHT!

    • BDC_57

      They don’t care about dead kids all they care about is the money.

      • docb

        Sadly and blatantly true, bdc!

    • jarheadgene

      You are CORRECT !!!! This is NOT over. What I don’t get is how a “christian” (I use the term loosely) T-BAGGER can yell and scream about abortion being the “killing of innocents”. And then hypocritically ignore the deaths of LIVING BREATHING named and LOVED innocent grade schoolers. Is LaPierre really that scarey? You scumbag politicians afraid he will take away some NRA graft money. Or that he will smear your name in the next election…..DO THE RIGHT THING!…OOPS too late, you voted….time for you to be, in the words of one of your idols (TRUMP), FIRED !

      • docb

        We need more energy on the Correct side of the argument like yours, GENE! Get active..call these republican Terrorists out at their local offices .. they are on their monthly repub rules vacation now…

  • Michael Kollmorgen

    We need a National Database of all currently being treated mentally impaired people, whether they are severe or not. Anyone who has spent time in a mental facility should also be reported to this Database.

    We should mandate all doctors to turn into this Database all names of people who are being treated. The Database should be able to be accessed by police, court systems and gun dealers and can not be accessed by the general public.

    It wouldn’t be a bad idea to make everyone who is seeking a Conceal/Carry Permit to submit to taking a full Deep-Trace MMPI Screening Test. Too many people are getting these permits for the wrong reasons.

    We need to do this on a National Level, not state by state.

    This solution would help to curb some of this violence. But, the bigger problem is what can we do about all the guns that are already in private hands.

    • july860

      That would not only be unconstitutional (as well as arbitrary and callous). Reporting people to a “database” simply for perhaps being treated for something like depression would no doubt cause many people with similar issues who are absolutely no threat to anyone to avoid seeking treatment for fear of being stygmatized. I agree there should be some sort of reporting process of those who are clearly a danger, but reporting anyone and everyone who has sought treatment simply is not the answer.

      • FredAppell

        Both of you have valid points. It’s difficult to decide who’s privacy should be protected and who should be reported but the conversation should start somewhere. Everything can’t be black or white, that’s how we got to this problem in the first place.

        • Michael Kollmorgen

          Hi Fred:)

          Long time no see………………..

          • FredAppell

            Hey buddy, I know it’s been awhile. I’ll Email you soon, possibly over the weekend so we can catch up. I might have to use your Gmail, I’m not sure if I worked out my computer problem entirely.

      • Michael Kollmorgen

        You hit the real problem right on the head, seeking treatment can mean being stigmatized, especially by employers.

        If mental problems weren’t such a hush hush subject, we probably wouldn’t be having all these problems in the first place.

        But, then too, our society LOVES scapegoats…………….

        • idamag

          Yes, it does and always has. When one scapegoat becomes politically incorrect, they select another.

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            Yea, and IF they can’t find one, they’ll make one up that never existed before.

            The Evangelicals love doing that! For a group of people who claim that are Soooooo Christian, they seem to have a lot of hate that is still untapped in their little perverted egos.

            Now, hinge that with right wing politics and the NRA, ya got a perfect explosive mix………………

  • The most recent justification I heard from relatives that oppose gun control is that Republicans voted against the expansion of background checks because it would not prevent crime. In other words, if cancer surgery gives an extra ten years, instead of allowing you to live until you are 100 years old, you should forego the extra time.

    • JSquercia

      Sure as HELL worked Australia . Besides how can you say it won’t work if you never try it

      • Australia doesn’t have a second amendment.

        • idamag

          How do you know? Have you read their constitution?

    • idamag

      Dominick, I am so sick of this fifth grade thinking. I got a reply from my senator, yesterday. His rhetoric was the same canned NRA paranoid crap.

      • Barbara Morgan

        Both of the Senators from Tennessee voted against the background check bill. I have only heard from Senator Bob Corker about why he voted against it and whenhe replied when I emailed him that I didn’t buy his explantation. Our other Senator, Lamar Alexander has not replied and doesn’t look like he is going to do so. Alexander seems to think that since he has been in office for so long that he doesn’t have to answer for any of his votes. Hopefully voters in Tennessee will show him the door in 2016. When an elected Senator thinks he doesn’t have to acknowledge the voters in his/her state that is for sure a sign that they need to go.

        • neeceoooo

          I am in Tennessee as well and I also sent letters to Corker and Alexander, you probably got the same canned response from Corker that I got and you are right, I did not hear from Alexander. Cowards, all of them.

  • old_blu

    There are many that should be held accountable, I read yesterday where Toomey said that many in his party told him that they had to vote against it because it would have been a good bill that would have went through while President Obama was in office.
    Not a direct quote, but it is what the mindset of the Republican party is all about, I’m not even sure why I get mad at them anymore, I know they are not doing, and are not going to do what they think is right, they are just doing what will make the black guy in office look bad. (that is the first time I have ever thrown out the race card, but I can’t think of any other reason) There were also 4 Democrats that voted against it as well.
    *he climbs down off his soap box* Thanks

    • Hi old blu, I guess you meant “it would have been a good bill, and would have gone through, if Barack Obama WAS NOT in office”…
      Needless to say, you are right. This is another example of people putting ideology, party goals, and overt hatred ahead of common sense and what is best for the country.

      • old_blu

        That’s exactly what I was saying, thank you. And hello to you my friend.

    • BDC_57

      old blu some of the repukes that voted for the bill to failed said they did it so the president would fail.

    • neeceoooo

      And you know doing anything that makes the President look good is something the GOP will not do. Since they couldn’t make sure he is a one term president, let’s make him look really bad. And hello to you my friend.

      • idamag

        Our paper has a political cartoon this morning. It shows, on one side of the street, a house burning and on the other side is the fire department. The house is labeled “USA.” Two elephants in firemen’s gear are watching it burn. The caption says, “We aren’t going to put the fire out. That’s what Obama wants us to do.”

  • I cannot dismiss the irony of changing the subject of the slaughter of 26 innocent people in a PUBLIC SCHOOL with the death of 4 Americans in a Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi.

    The Obama Administration had requested increased funds to fortify and upgrade security at Diplomatic Missions in many troubled areas, only to be undercut by the Sleaze Bags in Congress.

    Those same Sleaze Bags then had the gaul to blame President Obama for for those deaths.

    Now, in an effort to curb the increase in gun violence here in America by strengthening background checks on gun purchases , Senator Ayotte voted AGAINST the overwhelming majority of her constituents.

    If you are not being paid to advance the wishes of your constituents, who are you being paid to serve?

    • BDC_57

      you got that right and they still blame it on the president.

  • idamag

    This morning, my paper reported about a five-year-old killing his two-year-old sister with his own 22 rifle. According to the paper it is tradition in this part of Kentucky to give children their own guns and they are scaled down guns sold for that purpose. Those barefoot, tobacco spitting illiterates are what sent Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell to government.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      It seems to be a “rite of passage” in certain parts of our country to give a kid a fully-functioning rifle, usually a scaled down 22 caliber.

      The maker Henry Repeating Rifles makes a rifle exclusively for this purpose. They have a a hour-long infomercial on Cable really laying it on with the best mass-marking technique I’ve ever seen.

      You can even get the thing Gold Plated! It’s really a nice looking weapon and I got to admit, very well made. At least it’s American Made.

      But, for a 5 year old, seems to me to be very ignorant. But, that is the audience these types of commercials are targeting, as well as their ignorant parents. It’s sort of like going into a grocery store where all the candy is on the lower shelves to make sure the kid drives the parents nuts until the kid gets what it wants.

  • mah101

    Sorry, but rep. Ayotte shows herself to be a person of low character. The appropriate response when someone tells you that their mother was gunned down and you could not vote to support a bill that at least partially addresses the problem that allows such cases to occur is not to say “I actually took a lot of heat from members of my own party…” It is instead to express your deepest and sincere sorrow over the loss of this young woman’s mother and to vow to pursue solutions to the gun violence problem in this country.

    All I heard from rep. Ayotte was meaningless nonsense and how she should be appreciated for her “principled” stand.

  • Justin Napolitano

    Ayotte is just another do nothing congressman. They talk, talk, talk but when it comes time to do something they find every excuse. They say how sorry they are but really don’t give a rats ass because if they did they would do somethung to prevent the next mass shooting. She makes me sick. She is nothing but a lousy, selfish, uncaring bitch.

    • plc97477

      Just wanted to let you know I would give you a dozen likes if I could.