In their desperation, the far-left in the media are editing tape and misinterpreting events in order to promote the false claim that gun rights supports “heckled” Neil Heslin, a father of one of the Newtown massacre victims. For example, behold MSNBC’s Larry  O’Donnell go completely bugnuts:

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And here’s Cenk Uygur (note: if you don’t know who he is, don’t feel bad. He got booted from MSNBC; he couldn’t get a real job, so went to Current TV) *massively* warping the actual events:

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And other media:

Neil Heslin, Father Of Newtown Victim, Heckled By Pro-Gun Activists

Gun activists heckle father of child killed at Sandy Hook

Gun rights advocates heckle father of 6-year-old Newtown victim at Connecticut hearing 

Father of 6-Year-Old Newtown Victim Heckled by Pro-Gun Activists

Newtown Victim’s Father Heckled by Gun Enthusiasts at Hearing

Do a Google news search for “Heslin” and “heckle,” and boy howdy will you find a *lot* of media groupthink.

Now, what *actually* happened? Heslin spoke for 15 minutes or so to a respectful silence from the audience… and repeatedly asked the audience questions. Finally, after some *direct* demands of the audience to answer questions, some did. When you ask an audience to respond, and they do, there are two things to keep in mind:

1) They’re not “heckling” if you have invited them to respond

2) If multiple unrelated people in a crowd start responding at once, you cannot expect clear oratory, but overlapping soundbites.

The full event is here:

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The man *demanded* a response, and he got about 5 seconds worth of response (from about 15:32 to 15:37 in the above video). That was enough for the media to declare “heckling.”

  • dickie

    you know scott, i was looking into the media’s history of blowing things out of proportion yesterday and i came across the “cop killer” bullet scare of the late 80′s/early 90′s that i had completely forgotten about. the story about teflon-coated bullets and how they could magically pierce body armor because of the thin layer applied to the round had me literally falling out of my seat.

    • Anonymous

      The argument has been made many times, including in the comments section in this very blog, that cops needs fully automatic weapons in order to counter criminals with fully automatic weapons. But how often do you seen cops arguing that they need teflon coated bullets specifically to defeat criminal body armor? I haven’t seen it. Probably because cops know that teflon does approximately *dick* to aid armor penetration.

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