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Connecticut Pro-Gun Group Issues Press Release Attacking Father of Sandy Hook Victim

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.



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    Bob Cull

    May 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Just more proof that these losers have absolutely no sense of decency or shame!

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    Terry VanDerPol

    May 11, 2013 at 1:36 am

    And so what if he had been remunerated for his work? I’m sure he wracked up a lot of time and expense working for what he believes in. This is nothing but hate filled bullying.

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    Koleman Debbor

    May 11, 2013 at 1:56 am

    This is how supporters of the NRA operates by smear, fear and defamation. They have no morals or ethics and they should be ashamed of their attempts to mar Mr. Heslin’s character. His stance of supporting gun reform is personal and it’s his rights to do so. Ridiculous!

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    Mean Gene

    May 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    “Jeez, you don’t have to be a dick about it.”

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    May 19, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    That G.D. Ugly Old Phart needs some sympathy from a woman, but his ugly face would turn his own mother off.

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    May 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I’m referring to the Phart that’s holding the frame, not the father….

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    August 31, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Narcotics. Such a stupid word. A word that was invented purely to describe many drugs that are not even truly “narcotic.” I should know, I am a pharmacist.

    Who cares what his past holds? I am sure there has NEVER been an NRA member who has been convicted of a crime. And “…at arms length to the President.?” These same NRA fools had ZERO problem with little-girl-loving Ted Nugent saying POTUS could “…suck on my machine gun.”

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