Newtown Dad 'Heckled' at Gun Hearing
Parents disagree over assault weapons ban
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 29, 2013 11:20 AM CST
Updated Jan 29, 2013 3:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – The father of a 6-year-old killed in the Sandy Hook shooting took his case for gun control to authorities in Connecticut last night, asking during a public hearing whether anyone in the room could tell him why private citizens should be allowed to own semi-automatics. Neil Heslin paused for a response, and when none came, he declared, "Not one person can answer the question." At that point, audience members began shouting things like, the "Second Amendment shall not be infringed," and officials running the meeting called for order. The exchange prompted a lot of headlines asserting that the father had gotten "heckled," from the likes of Raw Story, the Huffington Post, New York Daily News, and, yes, Newser. But the right-wing Twitchy thinks the "kneejerk media" distorted what happened—with initial reports glossing over the fact that Heslin asked for a response—to "gin up outrage" against guns. (It released a video of the full exchange, which is in the gallery.)

Another Newtown parent, Veronique Pozner, urged an assault weapons ban during the hearing. A third parent, however, disagreed, the Connecticut Mirror reports. "I believe in a few simple gun laws. I think we have more than enough on the books," said Mark Mattioli, father of James, another 6-year-old victim. "I don't care if you named it James' Law. I don't want it." Meanwhile, police discussed their reaction to the shooting.

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Ucantusethatname
Jan 31, 2013 7:50 AM CST
Another huge lie by the lame stream media. More shame for not retracting this lie immediately. MSNBC, however, lacks the integrity to retract its mistake. The remarks of the audience in this case were "photoshopped."
loupgarous
Jan 30, 2013 9:01 PM CST
I sympathize so much with the Sandy Hook parents - I lost my youngest son in Iraq when his Bradley was blown up by an IED. But this guy wasn't heckled - he was ANSWERED. I know and share his anguish; I've lost a son. But... this was ginned up. It was misrepresented in the worst way possible by people with no souls, the media who want anything they can't control shot and skinned yesterday. I have sympathy for that parent - for the people who USED him, nothing but bitter contempt. CBS called me for FOUR months because my son was part of that unit of 9 guys who all died on the same day, just after the Surge in Iraq. After four months of their trying to get my daughter-in-law and me to help them lie about the President, I finally told CBS News in no uncertain terms what I thought of them. Scumbags.
EDW
Jan 30, 2013 8:14 PM CST
The US has BY FAR the highest homicide rate in the developed world, but this can't POSSIBLY be because of all the guns, can it?