Sandy Hook Father: You’ll Only Take My Guns “From My Cold Dead Hands”


“Unfortunately, her friend’s little sister was murdered in Sandy Hook that day when lock-down and 911 were not enough to protect her from an evil person,” Bill Stevens said of his daughter before a Working Group Public Hearing at the Connecticut State Capitol. “Charlton Heston made the phrase “From my cold dead hands” famous and I am here to tell you today, you will take my ability to protect my Victoria from my cold dead hands.”

In the politics of tragedy, victims and the relatives/friends of victims are often given absolute moral authority on the subject at hand. As long as they’re saying things that fit the political agenda of one side or the other in the debate.

The anti-gun folks have been quick to champion anyone related to Sandy Hook saying anything against gun rights. I’m guessing Mr. Stevens won’t be given that authority, however, because his opinions don’t fit the narrative.

Which illustrates a point. Going through a tragedy doesn’t make anyone more or less right about public policy. Politicians are quick to use these people as props aimed at playing on the emotions of the public, but that’s bogus. Especially when you consider that the people themselves often have very differing views.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Guest

    LOL @ ROB who complains that only people fitting a pre-determined narrative are getting attention while doing the same thing himself! What a hack!

  • mikemc1970

    The left will never quit the gun grab even if they have to pry the guns from US citizens cold dead hands.

    • SigFan

      I’m pretty sure that’s their plan …

    • slackwarerobert

      Fortunately, the guns I take from there dead hands are even better than what I am allowed to have.

    • SusanBeehler

      Talking about gun violence should not be a right or left issue, Why do you want to make it a partisan issue? Why? A bullet coming toward you will not be stopped by a Republican logo on your shirt. A person wanting to commit an act violence will not discriminate against a liberal or a conservative child or any other member of your family. Obviously this video showed a man in pain and wanting to do what every parent wants to do protect their child and his powerlessness to have this act committed in his hometown.

      • mikemc1970

        Talking about gun violence should not be a right or left issue,

        Because the leftists and you useful idiots have made it your mission to disarm all Americans. An empowered citizen is something you don’t want. You want citizens to fear the government so no one will stand up to you when you inflict your tyranny on American liberty.

      • $8194357

        Because leftist rebranded their “gun control” confiscation agenda for thier new “gun violence” gun confiscation agenda..Its what they do….
        Re brand…re name and remain the same
        statist tyrants they have always been…

      • slackwarerobert

        A bullet coming towards wont be stopped, but a bullet in him will stop the second one from being fired. But a person committing an act of violence can’t be stopped by good thoughts either, a gun will do the job. He is powerless because the government makes him be unarmed.

        • SusanBeehler

          Just like Rob makes you type on this blog?

      • $16179444

        the only one making it partisan is Obama

      • Thresherman

        Susan, you are full of it. If the issue of gun violence was discussed non-politically, there would not be a discussion right now. Gun violence is dropping and has been for years while gun ownership has gone up. The only reason it is an issue right now is because of a single instance in a nation of some 300 millions. That is ignoring reality and politicizing the issue and it is your side that is doing it.

        • SusanBeehler

          I am on the side of preventing deaths and more injuries. What side are you on?

      • n45

        The whole phrase “gun violence” is another more politically charged way of saying gun control.

    • SusanBeehler
      • mikemc1970

        Anyone who reads the Slate is sick!

  • slackwarerobert

    That was my disappointment with the parents. They should have shown up at the memorial service packing heat, and told the president to get over it, their other children will not be killed so easily. If he wants them to disarm then lead by example.

  • vrajavala

    Why isn’t Obsma’s discretionary campaigning all over in Air Force One curtailed. For God sake can’t he just do a Skype? Or Go-to-Meeting. It’s like a million dollars a flight.

  • Marshal Infidel

    Well Done! Excellent article!… re-posted in part on TMQ2

  • Dakotacyr

    He is not a Sandy Hook father.

  • SusanBeehler
  • Timothy Wright Art

    He is not a “Sandy Hook” father.

    Also, no one is talking about taking away his right to bear arms so the point is moot.

    He can have a billion different kinds of killing machines. If he cannot get one semi-automatic WMD, well, boo hoo. Too bad, so sad. If it helps promote the GENERAL WELFARE to restrict the sale of WMDs then I, for one (of millions) am all for it!

    • Onslaught1066

      I look forward, with great anticipation, to reading of your exploits when you “go postal”.

      But when you do, if you could do us a favor, try not to cry like a puss or take your own life. When the time comes go out and face down the cops like a man, it’ll be a unique and novel experience for you.

      • Guest

        I look forward, with great anticpation, to more of your idiotic posts, Onshat1066.

        Bue when you do, if could do us a favor, try not over do it because your stupidity is nearing the bounds of plausability (the location of Heitkamp’s office is an “opinion piece” lol) or simply take your own life because someone whose best use of their time is posting idiotic posts like yours clearly would be better of dead. Doing something like that to make the world a better place would be a unique and novel experience for you!

        Oh Onsha1066, you’re such a sh*thead!

        • Onslaught1066

          Are you currently having a stroke? Your syntax and diction seem to be deteriorating by the minute.