I appreciate his experience and recognize the value in several of his points, including one not often enough emphasized: too many lawmakers lack the experience to cast informed votes on critical laws. However, I find the hostility toward the parents of murdered children, and most often, directly toward the parents of Sandy Hook victims, to be incredibly tasteless. There is a rally cry among passionate gun rights activists to "say it to your face," meaning to say directly to the faces of the parents of Sandy Hook victims that the right to bear arms "is more important than your dead children." That, and the accusation that they are "using their dead children" as political pawns is just vile. Aaron Weiss makes a profound point that he paid for his rights in blood. He doesn't (and those who also say the things above don't) seem to realize those parents did too.
The only reason for the two sides to be at each other's throats is to allow lawmakers to continue to sit back in relative peace and do nothing but collect
public welfare checks from the highest bidders. Our division is their security. Our lack of compassion is our shame.
Treating the parents of brutally murdered six- and seven year old children as if they are no more than opportunists who seized the moment, and/or blasting in their faces a relentless and cruel disregard for their incredible loss does not make a person's conviction stronger. It does not make a person more courageous or a hero. It actually just makes a person a dick.