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Daughter of Newtown victim confronts senator over gun control vote

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ayotte_may1.jpgIt's been over four-and-a-half months since the horrific tragedy in Newtown, CT and yet our federal government has yet to enact any changes to existing gun laws in an effort to curtail the possibility of future similar massacres. Just two weeks ago, President Barack Obama displayed as much anger as he has ever shown when addressing the U.S. Senate's failure to reach the necessary number of votes to move forward on amendments to a proposed gun bill that would have instituted a new background check plan. Throughout his push, Pres. Obama has been accompanied by relatives of Newtown victims and now they're taking their argument directly to the Senators who voted against the bill.

At a town hall meeting in Warren, New Hampshire, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who has sent found herself unwanted attention after her key vote helped doom the bill, found herself face-to-face with Erica Lafferty, daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary principal Dawn Hochsprung who was killed during the massacre. Asked Lafferty, "You had mentioned that day the burden on 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." Sen. Ayotte defended her vote, angering Lafferty who stormed out of the meeting.

Watch video of the exchange below.

Photo: Sen. Ayotte (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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What a poorly-written and misleading article. I am the last thing but a gun nut, but I expected a much different exchange between Ayotte and the victim's daughter than what was related in this article. I thought it was a civil, reasonable exhcange, and the young woman hardly "stormed out". This issue is difficult and emotional enough without hysteria like this from Marcus Gilmer.

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