During a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on reducing gun violence Tuesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called on NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre to repudiate comments made by the group’s Wisconsin-based lobbyist that they were waiting for the “Connecticut effect” to wear off before pushing more pro-gun laws.
The comments were first reported by ThinkProgress on Monday.
“I want to express my regret at a statement that was made I think within the last 24 or 48 hours by a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association who said that his group was hoping that the ‘Connecticut effect’ would pass so that his group could be more effective in its lobbying,” Blumenthal said during the hearing.
Countering the NRA’s belief that the American public will soon forget about the 26 people who were slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Blumenthal cited ThinkProgress’ report and argued that “the ‘Connecticut effect’ will last and it will be a call to action.”
Blumenthal called the NRA’s comment “an insult to all of us in America but most especially to the 26 families in Newtown who directly suffered this loss,” and called on LaPierre to “repudiate and reject it.”