State Senate Republican Leader John McKinney politely asked the audience to hold its applause at a Wednesday hearing in Newtown, Conn., on gun-violence protection and children's safety.
Then, he introduced Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe.
"I've already made my first mistake," McKinney said as the crowd erupted in applause.
Connecticut legislators had come to Newtown, the place that has ignited the nation's debate on guns.
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