Gun-control foe Cruz has ‘cordial’ phone conversation with daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal, agrees to disagree on gun control

Erica Lafferty will be heard.

The 27-year-daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung may not have the money to come to Washington to lobby for gun-control legislation. So she’s using a less-expensive way to reach Republican senators who are threatening to filibuster any efforts to change the nation’s gun laws: Twitter.

Lafferty’s Twitter barrage — her Twitter handle is @E_Laffs2 — has targeted the 14 Republicans who have pledged to join a filibuster, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. She attached poignant photos of her mom and her family, trying to appeal to the human side of the lawmakers.

The young woman, who lives near Newtown, also tried to reach the senators the old-fashioned way, by telephone.

Joining her effort was Connecticut’s governor, Dan Malloy, who tried to shame the senators to take her calls.

Getting nowhere fast, Lafferty kept up the tweet barrage.

After a day of desperate tweets yesterday, only one Republican had responded.


The first-term senator who is pledging to lead a filibuster to block Senate consideration of a gun-control package, which includes expanded background checks of firearms purchasers.

“She called his office yesterday morning,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said today. “He immediately said, ‘Let’s call her back.'”

Frazier said the two spoke for “10 to 15 minutes” on Tuesday afternoon. While describing the discussion as “a personal conversation,” Frazier said “it was a cordial conversation. She was able to ask him some questions.”

Lafferty told the New York Times that she asked Cruz pointed questions, including these: “What would have happened if my mom chose not to do her job? How many more people would have died if my mom had chosen to hide?”

Cruz did not back down an inch from his filibuster threat against any proposal he sees as a threat to the Second Amendment.

“They agreed to disagree,” said Frazier.

Still, she added, “he was glad he could do it. He was happy to.”

Lafferty responded to the conversation, naturally, on Twitter. “At least he called (me) back,” she wrote, followed by the hashtag #ThanksButNoThanksCruz.

Sympathetic Texans sent Twitter messages of support to Lafferty, many of them blasting their Republican senator.

The Connecticut woman is showing no signs of slowing down. Today, she tweeted to unpersuaded senators with a defiant message.

Richard Dunham

8 Responses

  1. Don says:

    I deman to be heard also on why my taxpayer money is wasted! I also want to know why as a taxpayer, I am paying for pensions and retiree medical benefits I can’t even get!

    Problem is, NOBODY cares. The people who pay taxes are outnumbered these days.

  2. Keith B says:

    thank you for standing up for the constitution Senator Cruz !

  3. Joe says:

    I just wish the Hookies could find some other outlet for grieving besides imposing their will upon Connecticut and the rest of the nation.

  4. Jack says:

    Pawns to an end goal – on tape, spoken by those themselves :

  5. Jack says:

    Go down to your local abortion clinic and shout aloud so you can be heard. A fetus has hearing at 16 weeks. 40 times more innocents are killed in abortion clinics than by guns. Make a change with a huge impact.

  6. Tom says:

    I’m a Connecticut resident and like many that live close to Newtown I’m sorry for the loss of life. That said, it does not give ANY victims family member the right to punish me for another persons action. Ms. Lafferty is the daughter of a murder victim. I do not know anything about her other than that. Being the relative of a murder victim does not make her any more virtuous than the next person. Have you ever had a drink Ms. Lafferty and then got behind the wheel of a car? Ever? Don’t you care about the victims of drunk drivers that eclipse 10,000 deaths every year? What about the children? You’ve “been heard”. Your rhetoric is nothing new. If you want to make the world a better place then why not advocate banning all guns? Let’s hear you on that. Why did it take you so long to visit this issue? Don’t children in New Haven, Chicago, Detroit and Bridgeport murdered with handguns meet your criteria for “joining the cause?” I’m sorry for your loss but your loss doesn’t nullify the Constitution.

  7. Phil Torres says:

    Cruz is a moron. How many more people will die from assault weapons because of this facist moron who isn’t even a real American.

  8. TheVolleyballGod says:

    Erica is blaming on the wrong trail, she is not taking on Adam Lanza and demanding to know his mental health history and any prescriptions he was on