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Sandy Hook Victim Jesse White’s Dad Heckled At Newtown Hearing [Video]

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During a commission for fact-finding in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre, parents of slain children and family members of fallen educators have been invited to participate — and the father of Jesse White, a man named Neil Heslin, was heckled by attending gun rights enthusiasts as he broke down speaking of his murdered first-grader.

Jesse White was one of the six children in Victoria Soto’s class slain after they fled a hiding spot. From what police can piece together, White is said to have run from the classroom toward the sounds of gunfire, perhaps to provide aid to his friends and classmates.

Heslin appeared at some of the first hearings to discuss the Sandy Hook massacre and spoke of how his son had been raised with guns for sport, skeet-shooting, and hunting. But when Heslin questioned the necessity of the high-capacity clips used in the Sandy Hook shootings, attending Second Amendment enthusiasts began to actually heckle the grieving dad, interrupting his testimony about the incident to shout about gun rights.

Raw Story has one account of Haslin’s comments before the heckling began, and the dad is said to have commented:

“That wasn’t just a killing. That was a massacre … Those children and those victims were shot apart. And my son was one of them.”

Of Jesse and his murder, Heslin said to those gathered:

” … I never thought I would be laying him to rest. The happiest day of my life was the day he was born. He is my only son, my only family. The worst day of my life was the day when this happened.”

But when Heslin questioned the need for militarized weapons among civilians, a person in the crowd angrily interrupted by shouting to his question of necessity, “the Second Amendment!”

White’s dad said of the heckling:

“We’re all entitled to our own opinions and I respect their opinions and their thoughts … But I wish they’d respect mine and give it a little bit of thought.”

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Veronique Pozner, mother of Noah Pozner, and his surviving twin Arielle also spoke at the hearing. Pozner has in the past gone on record about the actual impact of the massacre, and she argued:

Pozner said her two other children, both Sandy Hook School students, are haunted by their brother’s death, especially his twin sister.

“It is our feeling that assault weapons should be comprehensively banned in the state of Connecticut … Faster weapons equal more fatalities.”

Hearings on Sandy Hook are expected to wrap up and initial findings be made known by mid-March. Below, a video of the start of Heslin’s testimony before the heckling began.

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8 Responses to “Sandy Hook Victim Jesse White’s Dad Heckled At Newtown Hearing [Video]”

  1. Ava Hutchens

    Okay folks, I listened to the video. He wasn't heckled. He ask a question. He said no one could answer the question, why anyone needs a certain type of gun and several people answered him. He was not being heckled. Very sad to listen to the dad though. God be with him.

  2. Kim LaCapria

    The video did not capture the moment of heckling. It was widely reported heckling occurred as he spoke, just not in those videos.

  3. Joseph S. Brusco

    Stupid people need to understand the simple fact, there is no such law to band all guns. But there is a law to band "assault weapons" and it needs be implemented. I'm a avid hunter, but see absolutely no reason that any citizen would need a assault weapon, let alone a massive magazine. I have thought about those 20 beautiful children everyday since it has happened, and I will continue to till I know that none of them died in vain!

  4. Ava Hutchens

    Just took a look at some other news stories comming out. Others saying the same thing. He was not heckled, one reporter said he invited comment with the question. I am not a hunter and do not understand the difference between an assault weapon and a regular rifle. I know machine guns are illegal already. When I was going to school, we had a rifle club, boys brought their rifles on the bus with them. In a case of course. No one even considered that someone might get shot. The world has changed so much.

  5. Darryl Bridges

    They are talking about banning assault rifles. The last assault rifle ban was set up in a way that it would expire if it did not produce positive results. The crime rate increased so the ban expired. Assault weapons are used in less than 2% of firearm murders and over 75% of murders by firearms is actually gang on gang shootings. The bans introduced at this point would not have stopped and of the school shootings from happening. This video is just another case of a extreme liberal twisting the facts. The father was asked repeatedly by reporters about being heckled and said he was in no way heckled but the so called reporters reported what they wanted it to be as usual.

  6. Darryl Bridges

    A ban is not confiscation which would be in no way legal in the U.S. The supreme court has struck down many gun restrictions as unconstitutional due to the second amendment. We in the U.S. are not ensured gun rights just to hunt or target shoot. Thomas Jefferson made it clear why Americans will always have these rights in his quote:"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny". School massacres will happen with or without guns, just Google "THE BATH SCHOOL MASSACRE". It was in 1929 before tight gun restrictions and no guns were used. We have a real problem with people and the answer is not stop innocent people from protecting themselves or outlandish restrictions. We have to remember that guns not only kill people, they also save many more lives each year.

  7. Darryl Bridges

    I watched the father speak for over 15 minutes and there was a fire alarm and the answer to the question he asked were the only interruptions. The father even thanked the person for their answer. Only the reporters seemed to be offended.

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