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Father Of Newtown Victim, Heckled By Pro-Gun Activists - What If It Were Their Child... (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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Neil Heslin, the father of a 6-year-old boy who was slain in the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, stoically faced down pro-gun activists


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Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 1:12 pm

Not one person offered an argument about why we can not institute reasonable gun control.

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 1:45 pm
No, they didn't - probably because they don't have one. Instead, they had to resort to the same tactics used by big bullies in school. How ridiculous of US to think a gun group would be concerned about gun safety! What they should be is embarrassed.

Solitary Eagle (324)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:20 am
un-freaking-believable. These people all live in underground bunkers and believe that any gun control legislation is the first step to taking away all their 2nd amendment rights. They have been brainwashed. Hopefully the ultra extreme anti-everything far right is on its way out.

Elle B (81)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:34 am

“What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.” ― John F. Kennedy

Mónica Ayuga (109)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:22 pm
No estoy a favor de las armas, si las armas estuvieran prohibidas en EE.UU, no habría tantas masacres por personas desequilibradas que tienen la plena libertad y el derecho a portar armas !!

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:05 pm
Noted. Thanks.

. (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:35 pm
I am so sorry this man has=d to endure this.

Laurie H (818)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:32 pm
I CAN'T WRAP MY MIND AROUND JUST HOW COLD AND DETACHED HUMAN BEINGS CAN BE!!!! This is a grieving father for his son, speaking out for what he believes could help make a difference and these idiots behave this way??? OMG~~~~

Julie E (405)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:43 pm

TWISTED, IN-COMPASSIONATE, PSYCHOPATHS, that obviously have not lost a loved one because they do not know how to love and be sympathetic. They kill animals for fun and end up being a danger to society. AHHHH!

David C (80)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:57 pm
so sad this man had to deal with this, just another reason I say NRA is a 4 letter word even if its not really.

Dee C (229)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:01 pm
As Mr. Heslin one interupted him or actually heckled..He had just finished speaking..with a brief pause inbetween when someone shouted out the following..

Crowd/Alleged Hecklers: ”Second Amendment shall not be infringed”

Public official: “Please no comments while Mr. Heslin is speaking. Or we’ll clear the room. Mr. Heslin please continue.”

The papers or twitter ran wild with their headlines..I really hare when they do that..

It was a very sad statement that poor father made..I just can't imagine being in his shoes..or any of the families of those lost in that terribly sick shooting..

Julie E (405)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:31 pm

Thanks Dee. I am still pissed off (of course for what happened in Newtown), at the idiot conspiracy theorists that decided to make a scene like they did and opening the heartaches of the families of the victims. And the media would not leave them alone.
I do want to hear and read about everything as being as accurate as possible. Any corrections are much appreciated. We all got reminded again how fragile life is...

jo M (3)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:48 pm
I watched this and did not feel it was heckling at all. Mr Heslin asked a question about whether anyone could say why certain types of guns were needed by anyone and when no one answered he said something else like " I thought so" and that's when his question was answered by several in the audience referencing the second amendment. He then clearly stated that he respected their right to opinion and that they try to respect his also. The tape was badly edited, I would say purposely edited to seem as though Mr Heslin was being heckled, by MSNBC.

Autumn S (151)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:58 am
very sad, he already has lost a child

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:07 am
Idiots with guns act like idiots.

Maria B (7)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:42 am
There was NO “Heckling” of Grieving Sandy Hook Father at Newtown Public Hearing: MSNBC’s Anti-Gun Liar Martin Bashir Caught in Deceptively Edited Video (video)! He did it again!
MSNBC ‘reviewing’ Newtown ‘heckled’ video!

I saw the real one and the edited one and you can here and see, he wasn't heckled at all!! It is terrible what the media is doing to mislead the public nd make everybody believe what they want you to believe!! So far, msnbc didn't apolagize yet. Make your research! You should not believe everything the msm is telling you. It is unbelievable!

Maria B (7)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:44 am
correction.. "apologize" !

Kenneth L (314)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:42 am
Well Maria, you just simply stated it was edited. Where's the link to prove this? Do you mean altered or simply a particular segment that was edited out of a larger one. The crowd WAS out of line by saying ANYTHING since the judge then told them not to interrupt the father.
I don't actually see any 'heckling' really, though someone's 'answer' to his question of certain guns or number of rounds capability was 'Second Amendment!'. Not much of an answer. Automatic weapons aren't legal are they yet couldn't someone fight that by shouting 'Second Amendment!'.

As for the rights of 2nd Amendment promoters, what about the rights of a citizen to live in a country where they or their children are safe from anyone committing mass slaughter with various arms? Oh yeah. That's not in the 2nd amendment.

Maria B (7)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:08 am
@ Kenneth L.
If you search it up, you will find lots of links.... here are some:

. (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:13 am
Obviously this asshole feels no compassion and doesn't know the feeling of losing someone-especially in such a violent way.

Ian F (3)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:06 am
This is just another incedent which enforces the necessity for "IMMEDIATE, WORLDWIDE" Weaponary Reform and Gun Control, and ultimately a change to the Second Amendment. Would these pro arms bigots act the same if a member of their family was tragically killed in a mindless act of violence?

Esther Z (94)
Friday February 1, 2013, 11:07 am
Well, so far, as reported by the media at large, the "truthers" (extreme right wing, conspiratorialist group.) have shown little empathy to the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre. Heck, it seems like most Repugs tend to lack the empathy gene!

Beth Tatum (95)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:51 pm
I personally am afraid of guns, have never and will never own one. Saying that I guess I don't fully understand the people who do own guns. From all I've heard, most gun owners do want tougher laws. It is the crazy "birther" type people who are so against new or tougher laws. They don't seem to understand that these new laws would not remove all of their "toys", mainly automatic weapons (who needs one of those for hunting anyway?). Maybe new gun laws aren't the answer, but SOMETHING has to be done to cut down on the amount of gun violence in our country.

Elizabeth M (31)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:35 pm
Noted, thanks

Past Member (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:42 pm
Hecklin that man at that time was so inappropriate and disrespesctful. I can't believe it.

Vera T (46)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:17 pm
I believe it!! These people are ignorant. I dont care what any one thinks about what I am about to say. I would have sent that big mouthed B*st*rd straight to hell where he belongs .

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:18 pm
Noted. Just cold, hard, cruel and heartless. These people absolutely have no shame....sociopaths!

Ed G (1)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:30 pm
Jo M:

The place was not open for comment. It was meant to be what is called a rhetorical question (ie no answer was expected). If you don't understand rhetorical I would expect you to look it up in the dictionary or must we cut and paste it on here?

Past Member (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:34 pm
I do think that the tone of the conversation about gun safety in this country is changing, in large part because of the Sandy Hook shootings. More people than ever before think we need to change the way we handle gun control . So let the fanatics be their insensitive, rude, unbelievably brutal selves. They don't help their cause by behaving so, especially on camera where we all can see it! The NRA itself can finish the job, while they show themselves to be so far outside the realm of rational thought on this issue. The tide of public opinion is turning.

Ed G (1)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:36 pm
a : of, relating to, or concerned with rhetoric
b : employed for rhetorical effect; especially : asked merely for effect with no answer expected *a rhetorical question*

Past Member (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:22 pm
Its pretty obvious that all these pro gun people heckling this man had not lost a child by a gun otherwise none of them would have even been there Infact probably no pro gun lobbyist has ever lost a child from a shooting

Winn A (179)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:33 pm
My heart goes out to this father and his family. To think that people would yell out Second Amendment and think that's okay is beyond me. These people have no morals, values or ethics and certainly don't share in this families tragedy.

janet f (29)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:59 pm
These people are so mentally disturbed; it's frightening that they're out walking around.

Vicky P (476)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:43 pm
disgusting behaviour :/

Kenneth L (314)
Friday February 1, 2013, 6:44 pm
@Maria, the first two links you gave asked the question 'DID...?' That doesn't prove anything. But the third one stated it more clearly. However in THIS article that Julie provided it gives the first video (edited) AND the fuller one at the bottom of the article.
With the second one you can still see how THE CROWD SPOKE OUT OF TURN AND THEY WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO PERIOD, since the judge then admonished them. So it was basically a rhetorical question by the father, and let's face it he WAS in a terrible state about it all after losing his child. Who can blame him?


Tom Edgar (56)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:27 pm
In answer to Beth Tatum. Why do people have guns.? Well I own three , 12 bore. .22 and a high powered 223.
I am obliged, by law, to shoot all feral animals invading my property, Feral cats, foxes, rabbits (especially) wild pigs etc.,. But as I live in a comparatively sane country (Australia) I am also obliged , by law, to keep them in a safety locked steel locker, with ammunition separately locked. Additionally it is virtually impossible to obtain a permit to own a concealable weapon. All weapons must be registered to a licenced owner. To sell any of my weapons I must do so through the offices of a Licenced Dealer with all transactions verified to the Police, even if they are only transferred to another member of the family.

This doesn't guarantee absolute safety from crackpots nor illegal gun ownership, but look at our per capita firearm related deaths, compared with the U S A, and then tell me that this, plus a better educated populace doesn't have a bearing.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:45 pm
I cannot believe that that poor man, who lost a child in such horrible circumstances, had to stand there and take heckling from idiotic, unfeeling, smug, egotistical jerks. This is not the time to heckle, it is the time to listen and have compassion. You're jerks that think the 2nd amendment gives you the right to say you are Gods and know all about guns and the rest of us can go to hell. Don't you realize that the world the way it is now is HELL!

jo M (3)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:48 pm
Ed, Mr. Heslin clearly asked a question and he waited for an answer whether or not the place was open for comment. He was very clearly NOT heckled,and if his question was rhetorical he didn't do a very good job of making that clear when he paused and waited for an answer. Yes, Mr. Heslin has lost his son and that is THE WORST thing that can happen to a parent and everyone feels for him and his loss and that of all the parents. That does not mean that supporters of the 2nd amendment have to agree with his opinion. The man was not heckled, merely responded to by some in the audience(inappropriately, perhaps) when he asserted that his "rhetorical" question was correct. No heckling, no disgusting behavior involved. And Mr. Heslin was far more gracious that all the knee-jerk reactionists who believe this overblown hype.

Patricia N (9)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:36 pm
I'm sure this poor man did not expect an answer to be yelled out when he was talking and neither did the panel who told them to be quiet. I just watched the whole speech on utube. He was just asking a question in the midst of his grieving talk more to himself and the panel. But, of course, some stupid, unfeeling lout didn't understand that or have any respect for him.

Maria B (7)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:00 am
Fact is, that this poor father WASN'T heckled!!! That was the headline! MSNBC edited the video to spike up hate towards gun owners and that is so disgusting! They did the same thing in the Trayvon Martin case last year and were in trouble for it then and now they did it again. That isn't journalism, this is manipulating people to hate others! And according to all these comments, it worked pretty good. I have seldom read so many hateful and insulting comments. It is really sad!

Nobody knows, how bad this man -- who answered the question -- felt for the poor father and his loss. I don't think gun owners are evil and horrible people. Most of them grew up with the right owning a gun to defend themselves. Painting them now all as nuts and heartless and evil, is i.m.o. despicable! Maybe this man just wanted to give an answer, because the father asked the question twice (?) -- and he didn't realize that it might have been a rhetorical one. Could that be? Or does he HAS to be heartless and mean? People are heartbroken over this tragedy and feel deeply for this father and the other families... if they own a gun or not!

I don't own a gun, but sometimes I think "what is, when I am alone at night and somebody brakes into the house. What am I going to do? I can't defend myself! I fear also for my doggies!" I think, I would feel a bit safer if I would own one. The problem is, that a person who wants to commit a crime will ALWAYS get the hand on a gun, but an innocent person who is absolutely against violence -- like me -- would not!! ...and wouldn't be able to defend himselves or their loved ones.
You know, a coin has always two sides and you should be more objective and also try to understand the other side also. Calling them horrible names is not right!

Maria B (7)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:06 am
correction: wouldn't be able to defend "themselves" and ....

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 8:20 am
I am soooo sick of all of there gun yahoos! I live in Idaho and I can tell you I am surrounded by these people who think that they can and should just pull a gun no matter what. Last year we had a neighbor who at 8pm was shooting his AK 47 shouting I will Kill YOU you F Bitch! this went on for hours and I called the sheriff...they tool 2 hours top get here and then did nothing ...when i WENT IN TO TALK TO THE SHERIFF THE NEXT DAY AS IT STARTED AGAIN AT 7AM THAT MORNING HE SAID " WE LOVE OUR GUNS HERE IN IDAHO" MY RESPONSE WAS i DO NOT AND WHAT ABOUT MY RIGHTS??? i HAVE HORSES PASTURED RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THIS IDIOT? No response so I threatened to call his boss in wa ...he worked for the post office. I am so sick of these morons who cant put 2 sentences together telling me that I have no rights and these gun people do.......look at the world we live in and tell me if guns have made it better???

jan b (5)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 9:37 am
This poor family may be even afraid to say what they really think......I know if that was my child I wouldn't want the public to own guns at all. Besides that... It's a burden on the legal system....our police forces...Around 10,000 die every year in and out of the hospital but the ones who live are a big-burden on healthcare. Now the NRA gunlovers want to spend even more money on security for schools that number around 100 million. Seems the average taxpayer is already paying a heavy-price so some people can boast about their guns.

jan b (5)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 9:40 am
MARIA---- B.S. is my answer to your rant.

Maria B (7)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:15 am
Thanks for the compliment, janice!! My answer to you is, You are just rude !!!
You don't get it, do you ? All I read is hatred....

@ Mary M.
I agree, crazy people like this, shouldn't be allowed owning a gun. In cases like this, they should take them away!


Arielle S (313)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 10:49 am
Having a gun in your home gives you an almost 3 times greater chance of being killed by a gun than if you live in a home without a gun.

Gloria H (88)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:29 pm
was this a group of Westboro church members that didn't have any funerals to go heckle at?

April Thompson (2)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:52 pm
F-ing scumbags! That man deserves respect and compassion- his son is dead- he can never replace him! F---k the second Amendment- guns kill innocent people!

Charlene Rush (79)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:33 pm
This is a perfect example of the INSECURITY and irrational fears of many Americans.
When you try to heckle or intimidate someone who has lost his son, due to gunfire, you show yourself as a troubled, desperate person.

If and until, we are able to educate ourselves, in order to teach our children, how to be well-adjusted, I'm afraid we are stuck with such individuals.

Since, there aren't enough therapists to handle this situation, our only answer is EDUCATION.

Linda P (0)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 8:10 pm
This was not the time nor place to heckle someone who had his greatest gift he had ever received taken from him in the worst way. I can't even begin to imagine what a struggle it must be for them each day. Imagine losing one of your children, how could you have been so insensitive, you should be ashamed.

Klaus Peters (14)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 11:51 pm
Obviously gun owners are sick people, so called men who can't get it up. A gun is the only weapon to make them look like man, in their mind only.

Klaus Peters (14)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 12:08 am
Sorry, I missed saying that the victim's parents have to live with their loss for the rest of their lives. I pray for them, I cannot even imagine how let down they must feel.
As for those lame hecklers, shame on your insensitive behaviour. Hide you little dicks behind a gun, ha ha , it does't make you a stallion, there you are, neele dicks.
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