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    Senator Ayotte Confronted on Gun Vote

    Senator Ayotte on Capitol Hill on March 21. (Alex Wong/Getty)

    New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte was confronted at a town-hall meeting in her own state on Wednesday by Erica Lafferty, the daughter of the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal who was killed in the school shooting. Lafferty first met with Ayotte in Washington earlier this month, a meeting she brought up during the confrontation. “You had mentioned that day the burden on owners of gun stores that the expanded background checks would harm,” Lafferty said. “I am just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in halls of her elementary school isn’t more important than that.” Ayotte is one of five senators being targeted in anti-gun campaigns led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords. The NRA has also poured thousands into ads supporting Ayotte, making her the poster face of the culture war over guns.

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