The Senate tried to pass comprehensive gun control legislation last month. The Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act would have expanded background checks on gun purchases, cracked down on gun trafficking and beefed up security in schools. GOP senators blocked that bill, claiming it went too far and infringed on the rights of gun owners.

Democrats have been pushing for stricter gun laws since December, when a gunman killed 20 first graders and six school employees at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Blumenthal said “offensive remarks” made by NRA officials would only fuel his efforts to pass gun control reforms.

“LaPierre also callously claimed that the horrific tragedy in Newtown was used to ‘shame’ the organization,” Blumenthal said. “The truth is that the NRA shames itself by misleading the American public and its membership about the need for sensible gun safety measures and working to block such measures at all costs.

“I will continue to stand and work with victims of gun violence, law enforcement officials and responsible gun owners to push for measures that keep our families and communities safe. The offensive remarks made this weekend by LaPierre and other top leaders of the NRA will only cause us to redouble our efforts for common sense reform.”