Erica Lafferty, the adult daughter of the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung, gunned down by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, along with 25 other people, including 20 children, confronted Senator Kelly Ayotte at a New Hampshire town hall meeting. It was the first town hall meeting since the senator voted against background checks for all gun purchases.
Reportedly Lafferty asked Ayotte the following:
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.
Ayotte didn’t answer Lafferty’s question. Not really. Then again, what’s she supposed to say? The National Rifle Association didn’t want extended background checks to become a reality and Ayotte does what the NRA wants. It’s kind of her thing.
Although extending background checks on all firearm purchases would be a good thing, the truth of the matter is that they would have done absolutely nothing to stop the massacre at Sandy Hook. A background check wouldn’t have stopped Adam Lanza from getting a firearm. He had no criminal background. His mother, Nancy Lanza, purchased all his guns and she didn’t have a criminal background either.
Instead of arguing over background checks, I think we need to have a real discussion on why people like Adam Lanza should have unfettered access to military grade weaponry like a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle. It’s a rifle based on the M16, a weapon designed for the battlefield, not the elementary school classroom. It’s a weapon designed to kill communist soldiers in far off foreign lands, not elementary school children in Connecticut.