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Connecticut gun rights group smears father of boy killed at Sandy Hook

Posted by on May. 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM
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A small Connecticut gun rights group gained attention on Wednesday after issuing a press release that smeared the father of a boy killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Connecticut Carry released a “rap sheet” of Neil Heslin, listing his multiple arrests for driving under the influence and conviction for felony narcotics possession. The group also published a document entitled “Neil Heslin’s Troubled Past,” which included lawsuits related to foreclosure, collection efforts, and child support.

“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 nonprofit group wrote it its statement. “A felon within arm’s reach of the president of the administration so dead set on background checks. No better testimony to how ineffective background checks are needs to be presented.”


Heslin has spoken out in support of stronger gun laws, including expanding criminal background checks and restricting high-capacity magazines. His appearances on TV and at legislative hearings have made him one of the more well-known relatives of the victims of the tragic school shooting, which left 20 young children and 6 adults dead.

“While we all, as humans, share in the sorrow and outrage of Mr. Heslin’s tragic loss, as well as everyone who lost someone on that terrible day; we don’t all have to feel ok with Mr. Heslin profiting off of the tragedy and hurting the gun owning, law abiding citizens who did nothing wrong that day,” Connecticut Carry said.

How Heslin is profiting from his advocacy is unclear. The Huffington Post contacted several prominent gun control groups, but none of them said they ever employed Heslin.

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by Pepperlynn on May. 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM


Press Release

For Immediate Release:

Connecticut Carry Releases the Troubled Past of Neil Heslin

A felon with a long rap sheet of fraud, substance abuse and reckless behavior is the poster boy for background checks and gun bans. But not in the way he thinks he is.

Shelton, Connecticut, May 8th, 2013:

Connecticut Carry has released the rap sheet and troubled past of Gun Ban Lobbyist Neil Heslin in response to an article published by News Times which failed to go into any significant journalistic depth on his troubled past, and only discussed his current criminal troubles including his failure to appear in court while he was in Washington D.C. lobbying.

The article by News Times failed to report the fact that records from the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection show a long history of criminal behavior and that Neil Heslin is a felon. All of which means that Neil Heslin is not allowed per State and Federal law to purchase, own or possess any firearms. So often we find that the strongest critics of the right to bear arms are those people who cannot be trusted with firearms themselves.

In fact, despite multiple convictions for drunk driving and losing his license, Mr. Heslin continued to drive and was eventually charged with driving under suspension.

Mr. Heslin is living proof that the criminals we need to be concerned with do not follow permitting laws and that people who so callously risk other people’s lives continue to do so without regard for the laws.

“In 2010, 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Out of those 211 deaths, 131 (62 percent) were riding with the drunk driver.” -- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2010: Alcohol Impaired Driving” Washington DC:National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2011.

Another major issue left out of the reporting so far has been Heslin’s financial and civil issues. He has been sued several times for not paying his bills through his businesses and for not paying child support as well. Now, Mr. Heslin has found 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.

While we all, as humans, share in the sorrow and outrage of Mr. Heslin’s tragic loss, as well as everyone who lost someone on that terrible day; we don’t all have to feel ok with Mr. Heslin profiting off of the tragedy and hurting the gun owning, law abiding citizens who did nothing wrong that day.

In lobbying for gun bans applicable only to people that can actually pass a background, unlike himself, Neil Heslin has had many opportunities to preach to politicians including President Obama himself. In fact, it is not difficult at all to find pictures of Neil Heslin standing within arm’s reach of President Obamaand the first lady.

A felon within arm’s reach of the President of the administration so dead set on background checks. No better testimony to how ineffective background checks are needs to be presented.

http://www.ctcarry.com/News/Release/b2aa31d5-a170-47fb-944f-ea776c90bc21

LucyMom08
by Gold Member on May. 8, 2013 at 11:58 PM
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If we truly condemned all people equally for drunk driving and failure to pay, DC would be a ghost town.
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grandmab125
by Gold Member on May. 9, 2013 at 12:02 AM

 Scraping the barrel for junk again, I see.  This so called gun group, could be just one person, for all you know.  The whole thing doesn't make much sense.

MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on May. 9, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Is this the same guy that keeps writing bad checks?  If so, his name did come up because he skipped a court appearance on the 15th of April to attend some gun ban lobby in Washington.  He did not write one bad check either.  Apparently it keeps happening.  All I can say is that when you put yourself one of the front runners in an an on- going national  debate in this country expect the skeletons in your closet to be revealed.

opal10161973
by on May. 9, 2013 at 12:54 AM

If this is the best that the antigun movement can come up with, then they are truly absurd.  SMH

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