Elvin Daniel identifies himself as a “Republican, an “avid hunter” and “gun owner” who enjoys using his guns for hunting and target shooting. He says that he is a strong supporter of the second amendment and a member of the NRA who also believes in “common sense, sensible gun laws.”
On Wednesday, he testified before the first ever hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee on violence against women as a witness for the Democrats.
In his opening statement to the committee he choked up as he told them:
“I am here today to speak for my sister, Zina, I speak for Zina and my entire family because Zina’s not here to speak for herself. Zina loved life, all she wanted to do was be a good mother to her two daughters. She loved Disney World, Rick Springfield and helping other people, as a matter of fact, her last moments at the spa, she was begging her estranged husband, she said, ‘please, please, please, leave these people alone.’ She was a hero.”
Haughton was prohibited from possessing any gun by federal law due to a restraining order Zina had obtained after he had slashed her tires and threatened her with physical harm, but he was able to purchase the revolver he used to kill her from a private individual who met him in a McDonald’s parking lot within an hour of posting online, “Serious buyer looking to buy a gun ASAP.”
There are currently two bills before the Senate, one introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) which would tighten federal restrictions on those convicted of abuse or found by a judge to be a threat to a woman.
Klobuchar’s bill would include those in an abusive dating relationship and stalkers, while Blumenthal’s would bar those under a temporary restraining order from possessing guns.
Needless to say, the NRA has already voiced its opposition to the Klobuchar bill.
Watch Daniel’s heart-wrenching testimony below.