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.
"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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