Anorak | Sandy Hook massacre: How ‘gun nuts’ and a biased media patronised Neil Heslin

Sandy Hook massacre: How ‘gun nuts’ and a biased media patronised Neil Heslin

by | 31st, January 2013

CAN the Sandy Hook massacre be used to score political points? Yes. Ken Dixon, reported in the  Connecticut Post  of Bridgeport on Neil Heslin’s appearance before a s tate legislative panel in Hartford. Mr Heslin’s son, 6-year-old Jesse Leis, was murdered by Adam Lanza. Dixon wrote:

“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.

“There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened,” said Heslin, who said he grew up using guns and was undisturbed by the interruption of his testimony.

“That wasn’t just a killing, it was a massacre,” said Heslin, who recalled dropping off his son at Sandy Hook Elementary school shortly before Lanza opened fire. “I just hope some good can come out of this.”

Mr Heslin is an ordinary man pushed into an extraordinary situation. He did ask to be noteworthy. He just wants to he heard. He wants tighter gun controls. He does not want another child to suffer his son’s fate, nor an adult his pain. The State gave him the floor. His words do not need analysing. You just need to listen.

Laura Beck was one of many writers who read that story. She wrote on Jezebel:

Father of Six-Year-Old Newtown Victim Heckled by Gun Nut Jackasses

Beck added :

How fucking low can you get? Serious question, is it possible to sink to a deeper level of disgusting than heckling the father of a dead child? If it is, it’s impossible to think of right now because of all the boiling blood blocking our brains.

Those gun nuts have become the lone shooter.

Raw Story gave us more:

He said firearms like the popular AR-15/M16 rifle were designed to “put a lot of lead out on the battlefield quickly.” When Heslin asked why anyone should be allowed to own a semi-automatic rifle like the one used to kill 26 people in Newtown last month, angry gun advocates shouted, “the Second Amendment!”

“We’re all entitled to our own opinions and I respect their opinions and their thoughts,” Heslin said. “But I wish they’d respect mine and give it a little bit of thought.”

Mr Heslin’s grace is apparent. Beck’s  is not. She, like the gun nut/s, is playing to her side, demonising the opposition. David Frum tweeted:

Briefly set aside your stance on gun control. What horrible human being heckles a grieving parent in such a way?

Others say Mr Heslin was “shouted” at.

If there is to be meaningful debate on gun control, you need the facts.  got hold

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