Neil Heslin, the father of a six-year old boy who was among the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting on December 14, testified yesterday before the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
With over 1,000 people in attendance, Heslin held a framed photo of himself and his late child and pleaded with lawmakers to improve mental health options and to ban assault weapons.
“I still can't see why any civilian, anybody in this room in fact, needs weapons of that sort," Heslin said. "You're not going to use them for hunting, even for home protection."
Interrupting his speech at various points, pro-gun activists in the crowd shouted "Second Amendment" as Heslin tried to continue.
"There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened," he said.
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