Thursday, January 31, 2013

Newtown Father: My Son Had The Right To His Life

Speaking at a public hearing yesterday held by the Connecticut legislature's Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence and Children's Safety, David Wheeler, whose son Benjamin, 6, was killed during the massacre on Dec. 14 in Newtown, made a compelling case for stricter gun regulations. He said, "Thomas Jefferson described our inalienable rights as life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness–the rights with which we are endowed for the protection of which we have instituted governments. I do not think the composition of that foundational phrase was an accident. I do not think the order of those important words was haphazard or casual. The liberty of any person to own a military-style assault weapon and a high-capacity magazine and keep them in their home is second to the right of my son to his life." Watch:

2 comments:

Michael The Molar Maven said...

Question: Does the Preamble to the Constitution of The United States have the force of law? Certainly, the "right" to individual gun ownership of any kind and the obligation to "insure domestic tranquility" are at opposing ends of the spectrum in the 21st century.

Jeff Tone said...

Yes, the increasing number of gun massacres does anything but insure that.