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Newtown Victim’s Father Heckled by Gun Enthusiasts at Hearing

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By Slade Sohmer on January 29, 2013

UPDATE: Scroll down for the video …

You have rights. Those rights are protected by the U.S. Constitution. No matter how delusional upset you are that a tyrannical dictator masquerading as a democratically elected president will personally go door-to-door and strip of you of those rights and confiscate your guns, the proper way to stand up and be counted is most definitely not to heckle a man who lost his six-year-old son in the most tragic mass shooting in American history.

But that’s exactly what happened on Monday at General Assembly task force meeting in Hartford, Connecticut, where NRA members and gun enthusiasts dropped all pretense of civility in making their voices heard by interrupting a grieving father giving testimony, according to the Connecticut Post.

“The Second Amendment!” was shouted a couple of times by as many as a dozen gun enthusiasts in the meeting room as Neil Heslin, holding a photo of his slain 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, asked why Bushmaster assault-style weapons are allowed to be sold in the state.

Yes, this man, crying, holding up a photo of himself with his murdered son, deserves to be heckled for trying to stop more mass shootings.

Neil Heslin
AP Photo/Jessica Hill

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Whatever your level of paranoia, there’s a way to be rational about these things. There’s a way to wait your turn and make your opinion clear. You wait your turn and speak your mind. That’s what the Constitution guarantees.

It’s certainly understandable that gun owners are growing increasingly nervous about the prospect of a federal government trying to strip away rights protected by the Constitution. But these hecklers, and these protesters who are carrying around semi-automatic AR-15 rifles, the same model that has been used in these mass shootings, are going about this all wrong.

You don’t score points by scaring the hell out of innocent people.

You don’t score points by shouting at grieving fathers of slain children.

The Obama administration can either be incompetent or tyrannical. Either the White House has no idea what it’s doing and can’t find its car keys, or they’re rounding up your guns and melting them down for the betterment of society. But it can’t be both, as Second Amendment absolutists conveniently want it.

UPDATE: Newly released video from the event shows that Heslin does seem to pose a question to the audience, although it’s unclear whether or not it’s rhetorical. Gun enthusiasts in the room yell out “The Second Amendment” as the answer. Someone on the panel quiets the crowd. Watch it here:

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