A Newtown father was heckled in front of a thousand people when he requested that the gun laws in Conn. be strengthened. On Jan. 29, Huffington Post reported that Neil Heslin stood in front of the crowd at a hearing before the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford with a picture of him and his son and made statements against owning guns.
"I still can't see why any civilian, anybody in this room in fact, needs weapons of that sort. You're not going to use them for hunting, even for home protection. There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened," Heslin said.
The Newtown father was then heckled by dozens of pro-gun activists in the crowd who yelled things like "Second Amendment!" Heslin pushed forward, however, doing his best to ignore the rowdy people who shouted up at him.
Heslin lost his son, Jesse McCord Lewis, in Dec. when gunman, Adam Lanza, opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. He is doing his best to move forward after the tragedy and it is clear that he wants things to change so that maybe something as tragic as this school shooting won't happen again -- or at least not as often.
Nevertheless, the Newtown father was heckled for speaking up for something he believes in.
© Effie Orfanides 2013