Newtown Victims Families Being Exploited For Political Gain


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Sandy Shooting Victims Board Air Force One with the President
President Barack Obama boards Air Force One, with relatives of those killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Conn., Monday, April 8, 2013.
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Manasquan, NJ –-( First and foremost, I want to publicly state at the outset that in no way am I trying to diminish the unspeakable horror that took place in Newtown Conn or the very real, valid and exceedingly raw emotion that the family members are experiencing and in all likely-hood will continue to cope with for the rest of their lives.

I am a father of two children myself, as well as a “victim of gun violence” as the Great Grandson of a murder victim and having been robbed at gun point myself as a young man. I have also lost several friends to the tragedy of drunk driving, seven in the span of five years, including in one instance, knowing not only the two victims killed, but also the driver that killed them.

I empathize with what has happened, I understand the instinct to want to “do something”, but I didn’t forfeit my critical thinking or logic, or reverence for Rights and Freedoms or the Oath I swore to uphold and defend those freedoms because of the occurrence of a tragedy, or, in my case, multiple tragedies.

Despite the loss of several innocent friends that were terribly maimed, and violent killed as the result of the actions of another person, I still do not in anyway agree that it is morally or ethically right or Constitutional to have laws that permit the establishment of random DUI Check Points. Regardless of the “virtue”, “good reason” or “impact on public safety” that is used to justify such laws, that doesn’t change the fact that they run far afoul of the long established and recognized jurisprudence of barring the practice of “prior restraint” and the 4th Amendments protections against unlawful search and seizure.

Many of the surviving family members of the horrific Newtown Massacre have, as a result of that tragedy, found themselves unwillingly thrust into the National spotlight in the debate over gun control. And while it is true they may not have wanted to ever be in such a role, events have forced it upon them. Indeed, I am sure to a person that given the opportunity to trade their role of very public grief to have their loved ones back, they would gladly and instantly agree to such a trade-off and be quite content to live out their lives in relative obscurity.

Unfortunately, many of them have embraced their new public role and voluntarily allowed and actively participated in the exploitation of their personal tragedies for the political and ideological gain of politicians at the State and Federal Level that wouldn’t have even known their names or cared one bit about their personal lives were it not for this incident. And once someone makes that decision to enter into the public discourse, and tie themselves to their perceived political allies, then they must be willing to accept any criticism from others that is sure to follow.

No one regardless of the topic gets to say, “I am going to enter into the public debate over a highly contested matter with my personal story, but I demand to be immune from any criticism for that choice.”

Actively participating in their own exploitation and lobbying, including their hiring at least two lobbying firms, for stricter gun control, while myopically clouded by their understandable emotional grief is extraordinarily shortsighted and misguided.

Lobbying for stricter gun control because of the actions of a clearly deranged individual is in practice and morality, the functional equivalent of having a coalition of rape victims lobby for the castration of all men because of the actions of their deranged attacker.

A position that no clear thinking person would consider even thinking of, let alone actively advocating for.

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using the sandy hook families for political gain and gun control is the lowest kind of politician that exists. the sandy hook appeal for gun control is psychological as the parents of their dead children is paramount on their minds and my heart goes out to them, but the second amendment is not an emotional amendment, it is a factual amendment of the constitution for the citizens to keep and bear arms period, not to be infringed upon, we do have to try to keep guns out of the hands of nuts, crazy, and people that are felons. this massacre… Read more »


Newtown was a made for T.V. hoax. Shame on Ammoland for perpetuating the hoax.


Whats disgusting is Obama using our tax dollars to transport these folks all over to be used like you said as props for his gun confiscation agenda. There was one man who spoke out against more gun control laws but even though his son attended the same school, he won’t be jetted aboard Airforce 1 when Obama does his campaign against the Second Amendment.

Bill Baker

#Alex: Agreed. It is asinine to blame video games. The problem is cultural. I grew up playing video games, even played dungeons and dragons which was villified in its time. I also grew up watching old reruns of WWII movies about heroes, and had a good family life, plus animals such as dogs and horses. The problem is that too many kids are turn-key anymore, not to mention that a lot of movies and our culture has turned from heroes to anti-heroes, movies such as punisher for example. A lot of movies we end up liking the bad guy more… Read more »

Alex Arnau

WBBB1, blaming video games is jjust as asinine as blaming guns. If a kid is spending 6 hours a day playing shooting games, the problem is a neglectful parent.


Why is NO ONE speaking out about the young people that or spending hours each and everyday training to be KILLER playing video games. When you kill young children with 4 to 11 bullets each you have trained to do so playing video games. You never have to reload, when you get shoot, you just jump up and start killing again. Many of these games or “M” rated from mature adults, but being played by 12, 10, and even 8 year olds. Many even play with there fathers. They spend hours in isolation living in a fairy tell world. When… Read more »


“Those who give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither liberty, or safety, and will eventually loose both.” Benjamin Franklin

It is estimated that some 260 million people were killed by their own governments in the 20th century after first being disarmed.
These misguided people are being shoved around like ignorant pawns by a power hungry Marxist tyrant Hell bent on ruining our Republic. Wake up, Sheep!