Against “Absolute Moral Authority” And Selective Outrage: I Don’t Care If The Father From Newtown Was “Heckled” Or Not.
Other than exposing yet another case of liberal media bias, I simply don’t care one way or the other.
I’m not a fan of heckling or interrupting a speaker in general simply because I think it’s rude but it goes on everyday in political and government meetings across the country. I’m not any more or less upset or annoyed at what happened here than I am about those cases. The standing of the person being interrupted is irrelevant to me, it’s the interrupting I take issue with.
I certainly wouldn’t support or condone taunting anyone about the death of their child but no one is suggesting that’s what happened here.
But as he gave his emotional testimony, pleading with lawmakers to improve mental health options and to ban assault weapons like the one Adam Lanza used to murder his child and 25 other people, his speech was interrupted by dozens of audience members, The Connecticut Post reported.
“I still can’t see why any civilian, anybody in this room in fact, needs weapons of that sort. You’re not going to use them for hunting, even for home protection,” Heslin said.
Pro-gun activists responded by calling out: “Second Amendment!”
Undeterred, Heslin continued. “There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened.”
Any one upset or outraged by this better be just as upset every time Code Pink or any group infiltrates an event with the specific intention of disrupting it.
If someone is going to make their private tragedy and pain a lever with which to alter public policy, then they are not exempt from the give and take of debate. A simple response like that is well within the bounds of polite discourse.
The idea that someone cannot be criticize or challenge because they have suffered a personal tragedy isn’t to protect the advocate, it’s simply a way to silence opposition and that has no place in a free society.
When someone plays “The Absolute Moral Authority” card they are engaging in a sort of reverse “heckler’s veto”. Neither tactic is a legitimate exercise.
If you wish to be treated with the deference properly afforded to a grieving parent then don’t engage in the arena of ideas. But if you do wish to promote an agenda understand upfront that no advocate is above the debate and challenge. That is essential to enabling We The People to come to informed conclusions.