Katie Pavlich

During a recent public hearing in Hartford, Connecticut about gun violence, the same hearing where the Sandy Hook father explained why his daughter is safer at home where he can protect her with firearms than at school, legal immigrant Henson Ong argued against gun control legislation being proposed in the state. Ong cited American history, the Los Angeles riots of the 1990s and tyranny overseas as examples as to why the Second Amendment is needed. He also pointed out that the United States has a long history of gun ownership ranging from high school rifle teams to hunting, yet only in modern times has seen mass school shootings. He cited multiple court cases in the United States proving Americans have every right to own military grade firearms and have a duty to protect themselves and their country. Watching the entire video below is well worth your time.

"Your own history is replete with high school rifle teams, Boy Scouts, marksmanship merit badges, you could buy rifles at hardware stores, you could order them, mail order, delivered to your home, your country was awash in readily available firearms and amunition and yet in your past you did not have mass school shootings. Other people have already expressed the question, what changed? It was not that the availability of guns suddenly exploded and increased, it was actually decreased, what changed is societal decay."

According to the National Rifle Association, Second Amendment supporters waited outside for hours in snow in order to speak at the hearing.

The hearing began at 10:00 a.m. and dedicated speakers waited all day, night and into the early morning to show Connecticut how much their Second Amendment freedoms mattered to them.  At 2:45 a.m., the Task Force adjourned after all speakers testified—with many individuals waiting seventeen hours to have the chance to make their voice heard!  Gun owners, sportsmen and supporters of the Second Amendment spoke with conviction that they oppose anti-gun legislation that turns law-abiding citizens into victims or criminals.

Even through yesterday’s snowstorm, many Second Amendment protectors stood out in the cold for over two hours to facilitate them being screened by a metal detector that was installed just for this hearing (and for the first time ever in the history of the Connecticut General Assembly).  The vast majority of those who spoke were on the side of freedom and steadfastly testified that there should be no additional over-reaching restrictions on firearms for law-abiding citizens.


Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her new book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, will be published on July 8, 2014.

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