A Connecticut gun advocacy group directed a series of personal attacks against one of the more publicly-known parents in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, accusing him of “profiting off of the tragedy.”
The non-profit group Connecticut Carry released a statement on Wednesday attacking Neil Heslin, the Sandy Hook father who has been a vocal proponent of gun restrictions after his son, Jesse Lewis, was killed in the shooting. In the press release, Heslin’s history of run-ins with the law were mentioned, which included a decade-old felony conviction for narcotics possession.
“So often we find that the strongest critics of the right to bear arms are those people who cannot be trusted with firearms themselves.” The release then criticized Heslin’s contact with President Obama as result of his activism. “A felon within arm’s reach of the President of the administration so dead set on background checks,” the release said. “No better testimony to how ineffective background checks are needs to be presented.”
Accusing the Sandy Hook father of profiteering, the press release said Heslin used the tragedy to find “the employment he has needed for so long lobbying against the rights of the citizens of Connecticut and the rest of the country as well.”
The Huffington Post followed up on the charge of profiteering and could not find evidence that Heslin has been employed or reimbursed for any of his gun-related activism.