During the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on gun violence prevention, Sen. Blumenthal read the Sandy Hook Promise:
“I promise to honor the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I promise to do everything I can to encourage and support common-sense solutions that make my community and our country safer from similar acts of violence.”
He then addressed the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, who was testifying at the hearing: “So I want to ask Mr. LaPierre, will you make the Sandy Hook promise?” said Blumenthal.
LaPierre initially responded by talking about “Our Sandy Hook Promise…to make our country safer….putting police, armed security in schools, fixing the mental health system, computerizing the records of those mentally adjudicated.”
“I’ll take that as a yes?” Blumenthal responded. LaPierre started to sidestep again, and Blumenthal interrupted to ask his question again.
“Yes, that’s a yes,” replied LaPierre.
“It was certainly noteworthy,” said Blumenthal after the hearing. “Maybe it provides a basis for coming together with responsible gun owners seeing that there is a potential common ground.”