Sandy Hook Student's Father: You'll Have To Take My Gun From My Cold Dead Hands!

A father of a Sandy Hook Elementary School student testified on January 28, 2013 in a Working Group Public Hearing at the Connecticut State Capitol on gun violence prevention. While Bill Stevens' fifth grade daughter was not harmed in the incident, she was one of the children that were in "lock down" during the shooting and following it. However, Mr. Stevens said that his daughter's friend's little sister was one of the children that was murdered because, "when 911 and 'lock down' were not enough to protect her from an evil person, not protect her from an 'assault rifle' or some type of an inanimate object, but from an evil person."

In speaking to those listening, Stevens said that the security at the school was "quite different from the elaborate security you all enjoy here at the Capitol."

He then added sarcasm to make the point, "It was fun getting frisked on the way in."

He then stated that he was not there to quote statistics, the number of lives saved with a gun or even the economic impact. He also said he wasn't there to discuss "asinine legislation" gun control laws that were being talked about.

So what was he there to do? He read from the Connecticut State Constitution. Specifically, he cited Section 15:

SEC. 15. Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.

As he cited the Constitution, applause erupted from those listening.

"There's no registration," he said. "There's no permitting. There's no background checks. It's quite clear."

Stevens said he was "shocked" by some of the testimony he had heard during the day. He reminded those listening that there is a Constitution and the Bill of Rights and a process whereby the Constitution can be amended. He also said the same went for the State Constitution.

Stevens declared,

"These rights are inalienable and are endowed by our Creator, not you politicians, to all citizens regardless of gender, race, or creed."

He also said there was such a thing as "due process" and "legislation is not due process." Stevens said, "You want to take my rights away, let's go to court."

Stevens went on to warn that passing legislation before all the facts about Sandy Hook were known, which he said wouldn't be known till the summer, could not be done in "good faith."

He also pointed out that gun ownership is a right and should not make gun owners suspect simply because of the numbers or kinds of guns they own or even how much ammunition they have.

"My guns are not dangerous," Stevens said. "They are at home, locked up, collecting dust and cat hair."

"But criminals and tyrants," he continued, "tyrants especially, beware, 'lock down' is not an option at the Stevens' residence and 911 will be dialed after the security of my home has been established!"

Stevens asked, "Why is that same security that 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 mad the phrase, 'From my cold dead hands' famous," Stevens thundered. "And I will tell you here today, you will take my ability to protect my Victoria from my cold dead hands!"

Stevens slammed his fist on the desk and walked out to applause from the citizens listening.

Friends, this is what it's going to take, men who will stand up to the bureaucrats and politicians who are eager to take our liberty for a bit of security and leave us as victims. Major kudos to Mr. Stevens! God bless you Sir!

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  • Bruce Morrow

    Bruno is correct in stating that he is no Biblical scholar. I would posit he knows little or nothing of the teachings of Christ. Additionally, I would suggest that he take a look at where the people that have been killed are located: schools, theaters, shopping malls, all of which were designated as "Gun Free Zones". Since he clearly missed the point that criminals do not pay attention to small things like rules, laws, Gun Free Zones, or anything else, I guess he is okay to say what he wants. The fact remains that most of the gun owners in this country are law-abiding citizens. Oh, Bruno, where I grew up in Minnesota, we had firearms training in the schools. Just so you know...

  • Victoria JeanChristine Bingham

    'Besides that, citizens security is one of the primary and basic functions of the state (that is, the government), who has the appropriate structure, training and institutions for it. '
    Bruno, the primary function of the government is not, and has never been, a citizen's security. Rather it is the 'common defense' according to the Constitution. That being, national defense. For that matter, try suing the police department or the federal government when you are mugged or robbed or worse, and the police fail to arrive in time to deter the criminal. Police work is 99% investigation after the fact. The ONLY concept of citizen's protection (otherwise known as self defense) in the Constitution IS the 2nd Amendment.

    'And when the state unfortunately fails on preventing some crimes, it has the Court (in other words Justice), to make the offender pay for it. '

    Rubbish. How can the offender be made to pay for a life? If the offense is murder, and there was no means for self defense (that is, if the inalienable right to self defense were ever removed from the nation), what court ruling is going to sufficiently recompense the bereft family?

    As far as your Biblical Research is concerned, you were right: You are no theological expert. If God's chosen people were not given the 'right to self defense' by king Ahasue'rus, they would have been annihilated'. You can read Esther chapter 8, but here's an excerpt: And he wrote in the king Ahasue'rus' name, and sealed it with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries:
    11 wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey,

    Now, if religious freedom does mean anything to you, consider that with the eradication of the 2nd Amendment giving American citizens the basic human right to protect and defend themselves, the 1st Amendment rights, 3rd, 4th, 5th, ... and so on.. will follow suit and go away. And if history is any judge (which it never fails to be) the first echelon of people in harms way will be the educated, the teachers, the clergy and the believers in freedom. Anyone and everyone that poses a potential threat to the 'government'.

    Don't believe me though, check with Cambodia, Turkey, Armenia, Germany, Russia, Cuba, China, Korea, Guatemala, Iran, and so on.
    In Christ and for Liberty, Victoria Christine Bingham

  • http://captcha Tom

    Our leaders would give (yes free) advanced aircraft and tanks to the radicals that openly and frequently announce their desire to destroy America and Isreal. Our leaders run guns to the drug cartels down south that are used against not only the citizens there, but also against Americans here at home. Our leaders demonize those in this country who support the 2nd amendment.... Toothless, hoolfless sheep are much easier to herd. Get the picture yet!

  • Monica Sanders

    We all stand with you against tyranny and support the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution! Amen to your comments. And God bless you, sir.

  • Bruno Bentzen

    I was particularly surprised to know that Connecticut state constitution says very clearly that "Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state", and it's even more incomprehensible that this man emphasize that this right was endowed by our Creator - who had always preached (at least in all Christian doctrines that I know) peace and forgiveness, instead of violence of any kind against our fellows. Jesus had never adviced or encouraged the hebrew or other oppressed people of His time to do any armed insurrection, in order to stand up for their rights.

    But anyway I'm not a theological expert and I believe that this is pretty much a social and mundane issue, rather than something "inalienable and endowed" by heaven. Therefore, in my point of view, this guy Steven commits a mistake when he declares that guns are necessary to establish “home security”, ignoring the fact that guns have been used out of home, causing irrecoverable fatalities at elementary schools, universities, movie theaters, and any other public places, where safety has become threatened (not guaranteed) by guns.

    Besides that, citizens security is one of the primary and basic functions of the state (that is, the government), who has the appropriate structure, training and institutions for it. And when the state unfortunately fails on preventing some crimes, it has the Court (in other words Justice), to make the offender pay for it. A citizen should not be charged for the responsibility of solving security problems with the own hands, based on individual interpretation of his/her rights, specially when it involves another human being life.

    However, if american society chooses the “right to bear arms in defense of himself”, then it fails on not planning a complete solution for it. For example, why classes are not given at schools about how to carry and manipulate guns, starting with the kids? I particularly find this idea shocking and very similar to what happens in the fundamentalist religious groups in the Middle East, which coax their youth in using guns to fight for what they believe, right?

    History is trying to teach, through the late, repetitive and bloody events in the USA, a lesson to the american people, but some sectors of the society have been stubbornly reluctant to learn it. At how much additional cost? Or lives?

  • Doc Savage

    DHS said that veterans,with guns and a bible and who believe in the US Constitution are potential terrorists. King Obama now has permission to kill American Citizens who are potential terrorist over seas. What happens if there is another 9-11 event in the US, will that permission now allow the killing of US citizens within the US? Most people do not care because they are not terrorist, but in whose eyes?

  • AntiCommieCat

    Yes, FLOOD the Supreme Court with calls and emails urging them to hear the obama ELIGIBILITY cases !!!! Website: ... go to "contact us", look for "public information" for an email form.
    Telephone:202-479-3000 ... Clerk's Office: 202-479-3011 ...

    As karolh said in a comment below:
    "... the Supreme Court is holding a conference on Feb. 15, 2013 to decide if they will hear the eligibility cases on Obama to be president. We should flood the Supreme Court with faxes, emails, phone calls and even US mail demanding they hear the cases. Obama must be worried about this, there is a man named Perez that has started "recall action" against Sheriff Joe to discredit him and take him out of office. This is the same type of crap that always happens when someone comes up against Obama."
    Information:Supreme Court of the United States
    1 First Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20543
    Clerk's Office: 202-479-3011
    Website: go to contact us, look for "public information" is an email form.

  • proud american latino republic

    nice. well said sir i stand with you.

  • Dairell Davis

    Every state should do what Wyoming is doing. Making it a crime for the federal govt to get involved in their state.

  • cmjay

    No matter how many GUN LAWS they pass - CRIMINALS don't abide by them and they will obtain their GUNS by any means. Law abiding CITIZENS are the ones who are made out to be criminals. May GOD BLESS YOU Mr. Stevens.

  • JohnWIS

    Great job, Mr. Stevens!!!
    You spoke the words...that ALL of us are those who need to listen.

  • Ed Blakey

    Does this guy have the gun that was pried from Charlton Heston's cold dead hand?