During a recent gun violence prevention public hearing in Hartford, Connecticut, Bill Stevens, a father of a Sandy Hook student who survived the massacre that took place in December, testified. Stevens explained why his daughter is safer at home than she is at school because "911" and "lockdown" are not enough to protect her from an evil person. Stevens also defended the right to bear arms which is not only written in the Second Amendment, but in the Connecticut constitution as well. He argued gun owners shouldn't be turned into suspects no matter how many firearms or rounds of ammunition they may choose to have and that politicians have no right to take away one's ability to defend themselves and their family.
"You want to take my rights are away, lets go to court," Steven's said. "But criminals and tyrants, tyrants especially, beware. Lockdown is not an option at the Stevens residence and 911 will be dialed after the security of my home has been established. Why is that same security my daughter enjoys at home with her dad not available at school in Newtown? That is what you should be considering, not making her dad a criminal. Charlton Heston made the phrase 'from my cold dead hands famous' and I will tell you here today, you will take my ability to protect my Victoria from my cold dead hands."
As the Media Research Center points out, NBC must have been too busy editing video to fit their anti-gun narrative last week to notice this father's testimony.
Just last week the Newtown Board of Education moved to put more armed security in their schools after it was heavily requested by parents.
Last night, they decided to ask the town to approve the request to include one additional full-time Newtown police at each of the elementary schools in next year's budget.
Today, members of the board will be meeting with state and federal officials about obtaining additional funding for security.
“Our parents are demanding of us that things are made safe and secure and certain measures are put in place,” Chairwoman Debbie Leidlein said. “So we’re being very thoughtful.”
Several police officers have been stationed at all Newtown schools since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20 children and six staff members were killed.
Those officers will remain at the school through the remainder of the school year, but the budget for the next fiscal year funds only resource officers at the middle and high schools.
Parents said security means more than a police presence.
“My main concern is with accessibility to these school, said Neil Johnson, a parent of two Newtown students. “On December 14th, that was the main bare-boned reason that occurred.”
President Obama is currently out on a gun control campaign. Yesterday he spoke in Minnesota on the issue.
MINNEAPOLIS – President Barack Obama kicked off his campaign-style push for gun control here Monday, arguing that the changes he started pushing for in the wake of the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary are beginning to gain traction.
The approach was similar to last week’s immigration push in Las Vegas. At both events, Obama said Congress must follow his lead to enact laws on which the American people agree. At each he said the work will be difficult and long. And at each he said the burden was on Congress to act.
Editor's note: The original version of this post said the hearing took place in Washington D.C. when in fact it took place in Hartford, Connecticut.
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