The emotional testimony by the father of a six-year-old who was killed in last month's elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., was interrupted Monday by gun rights activists at a state legislative hearing on reducing gun violence.
Neil Heslin, who held up a framed photo of himself with his slain son Jesse Lewis, urged Connecticut lawmakers to ban assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the mass-shooting.
"I still can't see why any civilian, anybody in this room in fact, needs weapons of that sort. You're not going to use them for hunting, even for home protection," Heslin said to the packed hearing room, the Huffington Post reports.
News reports say about a dozen gun-rights activists shouted: "Second Amendment!" They said a ban would infringe on their rights.
"There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened," said Heslin, who mentioned that he grew up with with "firearms, hunting and skeet shooting" and doesn't want all guns and weapons banned. He said he respects other people's opinions and "I wish they would respect mine," USA TODAY reported.
Update, 4pm PST: Conservative sites are pointing out that Heslin wasn't really "heckled." His testimony was interrupted, but he appeared to invite the question himself. You can watch the full video at Breitbart.com. The interruption takes place around the 15 minute mark.
Via USA TODAY, the Connecticut Post, and the Huffington Post.