Yesterday at a Connecticut hearing on gun violence a father whose son was murdered at Newtown was heckled. The testimony of the father was compelling, and at one point he asked the question “Why does anyone need to own an assault weapon, or a magazine clip that holds thirty rounds?” Some spectators responded with “you can’t take our guns away or recited passages from the second amendment.” How anyone who heard the pain and anguish in this parent’s voice could be so heartless is beyond me.I fully respect all of the opinions on the complex issues surrounding guns but to treat this man in such a fashion is unconscionable. I hope that anyone who responded to his question in this manner will have the decency to write and apologize for their totally insensitive behavior.

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