Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Freedom for me, but not for thee:

Ya know, I'm all for a new civility and respect in our public discourse, but it seems like a lot of folks aren't (via Alternet):
The father of one of the young victims of the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown gave testimony last night at the Connecticut General Assembly, but was interrupted by gun advocates. [3]
Neil Heislin, whose son Jesse was killed by Adam Lanza during the school shooting, was speaking to legislators to urge them to make changes to laws around guns. The teary father said [4] “changes have to be made...The worst day of my life was the day when this happened...Why do we need 30-round magazines or cartridges?” Heislin also said that "the sole purpose of those AR-15s or AK-47s is to put a lot of lead out on the battlefield quickly, and that's what they do. And that's what they did at Sandy Hook Elementary School on the 14th."
The CT Mirror reports [4] that when Heislin “wondered aloud how such guns [like the AR-15 and AK-47] could be privately owned, someone shouted, ‘The Second Amendment!’”BuzzFeed notes [5] that The Connecticut Post [6] “put the number of hecklers at ‘as many as a dozen.’”
The heckling came even as “Heslin spoke while holding a gilt-framed portrait of him and his son, taken when Jesse was a baby,” the CT Mirror notes. [4]
Here is a father who has suffered incredibly as a result of our inability to stop gun violence, and he is heckled by Second Amendment fundamentalists. Well, let me exercise my First Amendment Rights to say: FUCKING ASSHOLES!!!!


The rights of citizens to be safe, to have their children be safe, these rights mean nothing to the self-centered jerks who scream "Second Amendment" at a grieving father. They are cowards and jackasses.

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