Neil Heslin, who lost his son Jesse durring the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, was heckled by pro-gun activists when he testified during a local hearing on firearm control.
An emotional Neil Heslin, who lost his 6-year-old son Jesse on Dec. 14 during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, stood in front of a state legislative subcommittee hearing in Hartford, Conn. on Jan. 28 and delivered an emotional testimony that questioned the need for semiautomatic rifles in the hands of civilians.
But as Neil held up a photo of his little boy, he was greeted by shouts of pro-gun activists who yelled “the Second Amendment.”
“It’s not a good feeling. Not a good feeling to look at your child laying in a casket or looking at your child with a bullet wound to the forehead. It’s a real sad thing,” Neil said in front of the crowd.
“We’re all entitled to our own opinions and I respect their opinions and their thoughts,” he added. “But I wish they’d respect mine and give it a little bit of thought.”
The hearing was held by a legislative subcommittee that reviewed current gun laws. As part of the hearing, Barbara J. Mattson, Firearms Training Unit Detective of the Connecticut State Police, held up a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle — the same make and model that Adam Lanza used in the Sandy Hook shooting on Dec. 14 as part of a demonstration on what firearms are legal and illegal. in the state.
There were an estimated 2,000 people at the hearing, including a large percentage of gun rights activists, many of whom who wore a sticker that read, “Another Responsible Gun Owner.”
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— Christina Stiehl
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