A Newton father was heckled at a meeting in Hartford, Conn. Monday when he participated in a discussion on gun control at the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group at the Legislative Office Building. According to a Jan. 29 report by Huffington Post, Neil Heslin was met with heavy opposition during the event that was attended by 1,000 people.
Heslin's six-year-old son, Jesse, was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that happened Dec. 14 in Newton. Heslin held a large framed photo of himself pictured with Jesse at the meeting. The look on his face was still raw with sorrow after losing his son to such a tragedy. Despite the pain this man was going through and the courage he showed to stand up for what he believed in when it came to mental health options and banning assault weapons, the Newton father was heckled by those shouting "Second Amendment!." He was interrupted as he talked about his views.
“I still can't see why any civilian, anybody in this room in fact, needs weapons of that sort," Heslin stated. "You're not going to use them for hunting, even for home protection."
The Newton father continued that a lot of changes need to be made in order "to prevent what happened.
Heslin mentioned his deceased son in the meeting.
"He was a boy that loved life. Lived it to the fullest…He was my son, he was my buddy, he was my best friend." Heslin said.