A Connecticut gun lobby group has personally attacked Neil Heslin, father of one of the Newtown victims who testified before Congress earlier this year to advocate for greater background checks.
The group, Connecticut Carry, not only senselessly singled out Heslin, but also falsely accused him of profiting from his 6-year-old son’s death. In addition to targeting Heslin to cause further, unnecessary suffering, the group also defies logic while justifying their slander campaign.
According to the Connecticut Carry press release, Heslin should not be allowed in to the White House because of his past run-ins with the law.
"A felon within arm’s reach of the president of the administration so dead set on background checks. No better testimony to how ineffective background checks are needs to be presented,” the release stated, without providing any semblance of the logical reasoning needed in order to tie Heslin’s right to free speech without a background check to criminals’ rights to own a deadly weapon without background checks.
Granted, Heslin does not have a clean record. He was convicted a decade ago for narcotics possession, as well as driving under the influence. He is also caught up in charges for driving with a suspended license and writing bad checks. Nevertheless, Heslin has every right to speak to Congress as a representative of a gun violence victim.
Connecticut Carry also accused Heslin for “profiting” off his son’s death, which, if not an incredibly insensitive, is entirely untrue. The group’s allegation stems from an advertisement Heslin participated in with other Newtown victim family members for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, who did not pay him for his contribution. According to the Huffington Post, Heslin has not been paid by other prominent gun control groups either, including the Brady Campagin, Americans for Responsible Solutions, and Sandy Hook Promise.