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Mark Mattioli, who lost his 6-year old son in the Newton, Conn. school shooting, was giving an emotional speech about his son and gun control when he was interrupted by an enthusiast of the 2nd Amendment.

I get that there are two sides to every issue. What I don't get is how people can love their guns so much that they will rudely interrupt a grieving father who is asking lawmakers to add reasonable restrictions to -- not ban -- firearms. If you are for automatic weapons and 30+ round clips, that's fine. When you act like a classless buffoon, however, it doesn't help you or your cause.

Mattioli was quite emotional during his plea (which can be seen in the video below) to the Connecticut legislature on Monday (Jan. 28th), tearfully saying of his son, "He was a boy that loved life, lived it to the fullest ... He was my son, he was my buddy, he was my best friend, and I never thought I would be here speaking like this, asking for changes on my son’s behalf." You would think that statement would be enough to get any man to sympathize with Mattioli's situation, regardless of their beliefs on gun control. And you would also be wrong.

A few minutes later, as Mattioli was questioning why ordinary citizens need access to assault weapons, one man belligerently shouted, "The 2nd Amendment shall not be infringed!" You can watch the interruption at the beginning of the video above. Real classy, right?

What's even worse than that display of elegance, are the YouTube comments attached to the video of Mattioli's speech. Here are a few of the more distasteful ones:


Most of the negative comments seem to come from people who buy into the Sandy Hook Hoax video, which plays more like a bunch of baseless speculation and misguided opinion to anyone who wasn't crying hoax before they hit the play button. The last comment claiming that a bereft father wouldn't speak up for gun control after his son was killed in a mass shooting is just ridiculous. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has had the parents of drinking and driving victims speaking up for tougher laws on that issue for over 30 years.

Say what you will about this issue or my views on it (because I'm sure you will anyway), but I don't hate guns. I do hate the fact that a good chunk of our country is so in love with owning military-grade weapons, that they want to view the bodies of murdered children and will disrespectfully yell their beliefs at grieving parents just to get their point across.