“A father of a Sandy Hook Elementary School student [see "Update" below] testified on January 28, 2013 in a Working Group Public Hearing at the Connecticut State Capitol on gun violence prevention,” Tim Brown of Freedom Outpost reported yesterday. Bill Stevens made a statement of defiance against “proposed asinine legislation” that drew applause from some in attendance, as he reminded legislators that both the national and Connecticut state Constitutions affirm the right to bear arms.
“There’s no registration, there’s no permitting, there’s no background checks,” he advised the panel, reminding them that rights are “endowed by our Creator, not you politicians. “In order to limit the rights of individuals there is something called ‘due process,’ and legislation is not ‘due process.’
“Lock down’ is not an option at the Stevens’ residence and 911 will be dialed after the security of my home has been established,” he declared. “Why is that same security that my daughter enjoys at home with her dad not available at school in Newtown? That is what you should be considering, not making her dad a criminal.”
“I will tell you here today, you will take my ability to protect my Victoria from my cold dead hands,” he challenged, emphasizing his seriousness by slamming his fist on the table.
This is exactly the type of message that needs to be shared, that defeats the hypocritical and agenda-driven posturing of the citizen disarmament zealots, and also appeals more effectively than dry testimony and statistics which Stevens purposely refrained from, choosing instead to present a message of common sense, and of affirming rights and the willingness to defend them.
Take three minutes and watch the video, embedded in this column. If you react like I did (I actually applauded at the end) do one more thing and share it far and wide.
*UPDATE: I was contacted last night by Mr. Stevens with the following correction:
Thank you for the nice article about my testimony in Hartford. Unlike the Liberal media who don't let facts get in the way, I just wanted to let you know that my daughter does not attend Sandy Hook Elementary, but was in "lock down" nonetheless on December 14, 2012 at Reed Intermediate School (5th & 6th grade) about a mile away with her classmates, one of whom lost his little sister that day.
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