Watch David Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son was shot to death in the Sandy Hook tragedy, give one of the most powerful, goose bump-raising, tear-inducing speeches we’ve ever seen in front of the Connecticut legislature’s Bipartisan Task Force on Violence and Public Safety. This is simply one of the most logical and well-spoken arguments we have heard from anyone anywhere since the horrific mass shooting in Newtown.
After recounting the famous foundational phrase by Thomas Jefferson that we are endowed by our creator with an unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and explaining his firm belief that the order in which those rights are listed is not arbitrary, but rather very meaningful, Mr. Wheeler delivered this courageous and eloquent message:
“The liberty of any person to own a military-style assault weapon and a high-capacity magazine and keep them in their home is second to the right of my son to his life. His life. To the right to live for all of those children and those teachers. To the right to the lives of your children, of you, of all of us–all of our lives. It is second. Let’s honor the founding documents, and get our priorities straight.”
Here’s Mr. Wheeler’s incredibly simple and logical plan to avert tragedies, like the one that took his young son’s life, in the future:
1. Military-style assault weapons should not be available to the public and all guns should be re-registered annually.
2. At-risk individuals should be closely monitored by social workers and routinely evaluated.
3. Data bases of accurate information must be kept so that we can closely monitor any intersection of mentally ill people and guns in homes.