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The Newtown heckle hoax

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


The Internet was afire on Tuesday with outrage over a gun nut who dared to “heckle” the father of a Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victim, shouting him down with a “Second Amendment shall not be infringed!” chant while he was trying to speak. What a great story to feed the righteous arrogance of the anti-gun crowd!

Except it didn’t happen. It’s a hoax, or at the very least a heavily massaged story, based on a doctored video clip. Twitchy busted the propagandists by running the full, unedited video… which makes it painfully clear that the people in the audience who said “Second Amendment!” were responding to a direct question from the Newtown father, Neil Heslin.

The exchange is very easy to follow. Heslin says, “I ask if there’s anybody in this room that can give me one reason or challenge this question: why anybody in this room needs to have one of these assault-style weapons or military weapons or high-capacity clips.” Then he sits there for a few moments, looking at the audience and waiting for a response.

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