As I previously wrote, “In the wake of the deadly gun shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, we’ve learned that we worship guns more than pink slime. This blind and unwavering worship is so severe that some Americans first reaction to the massacre was not complete and utter shock and disgust at the shootings themselves, but that the shootings meant the Kenyan Usurper-in-Chief was going to confiscate our Rambo toys. Yes, we suck.”
Now, not only do some of us really suck as human beings, but we’re dangerously teetering on being somewhere between AIDS and Flesh Eating Bacteria.
Perhaps giving the Westboro Baptist Church a run for its money in the area of scumbaggery, worshipers of the Second Amendment audaciously interrupted the testimony of bereaved father, Neil Heslin, before the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford today. Mr Heslin, father of Jesse Lewis, one of the innocent young children killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting, appeared before the legislative hearing on gun control. It should also be noted that young Jesse died while bravely trying to save his little pals, therefore he’s considered a hero by many.
“The Second Amendment!” was shouted by several gun enthusiasts in the meeting room as Neil Heslin, holding a photo of his 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, asked why Bushmaster assault-style weapons are allowed to be sold in the state. (CTPost)
While most people would either erupt into blind rage or express obvious grief during the heckling, Heslin remained aplomb and unperturbed. Heslin, who like many Americans grew up with guns, offered his viewpoints:
“There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened,” said Heslin. “That wasn’t just a killing, it was a massacre,” added Heslin, who recalled dropping off his son at Sandy Hook Elementary School shortly before the dickless gun psycho, who deserves no name for further Google infamy, killed 20 children and six adults.
“I just hope some good can come out of this,” said Heslin. (CTPost)
Mark Mattioli, another father of a murdered child, wasn’t as unflappable as Heslin. He was visibly upset and forced to fight back tears as he explained to lawmakers the dire need for changes to existing gun laws. Mattioli went a little further, though. He would go on to a decry the complete and utter lack of basic civility in America. You know, like selfish, misguided assholes interrupting grief-stricken parents during public hearings in order to make the NRA richer.
“We need civility across our nation,” said Mattioli, who appeared with his wife, Cindy, before the legislative panel. “The problem is not gun laws. It’s a lack of civility.” (CTPost)
Alas, we can sooner expect solar-fueled flying cars, bullet trains, and curing cancer with pixie dust than our sickeningly pugnacious media and leaders actually speaking to one another. At least the co-chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group threatened to clear the meeting room if the thoughtless interruptions continued.
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