Umm, Err, Well, Uhh: Ayotte Tries to Explain Gun Vote to Daughter of Newtown Victim

Abby Zimet

Accountability may yet live: In conceivably the only good to come from the Senate's unfathomable failure to pass weak-as-water gun control, new polls show that several senators who voted with the NRA have seen their ratings plummet, some as much as 18 points. One such deserving loser is Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who voted against background checks even though 75% of her state's voters support them. The NRA has begun running radio ads thanking Ayotte for her "courage," but alot of her constituents are feeling considerably less grateful. At her first town meeting since the vote, Ayotte was confronted by a visibly angry Erica Lafferty, daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung: "You had mentioned (the) 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." In response, Ayotte stammered, stuttered, fell ingloriously into silence because, really, what is there to say? Then Lafferty marched out of the town hall: "I had had enough." Wow. Watch.

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