“The father of a 6-year-old girl who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings will throw out the first pitch for the Texas Rangers’ home opener April 5,” espn.go.com reports. “The ceremony is part of a league-wide effort by Major League Baseball to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting during the opening games of the 2013 regular season . . .
“All players, managers, coaches, umpires and on-field personnel will wear a symbolic ribbon patch and, with fans, observe a pregame moment of silence in their opening games in a league-wide effort to remember the individuals who lost their lives on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.”
Quite why MLB is lining-up behind civilian disarmament is anyone’s guess. But one thing’s for sure: with a federal AWB DOA, gun grabbers are growing increasingly shrill. Check this polemic from nydailynews.com‘s Denis Hamil (complete with pic of Sandy Hook victim standing at the plate, as above):
“The morning of Dec. 14 was the last day I saw my son alive,” Heslin said of Jesse Lewis, 6, who was one of 20 children and six adults slaughtered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“My son’s life was taken by a deranged coward with an assault rifle. I ask everyone to stand up and speak up for a ban on these assault weapons,” Heslin said.
The face of this father was a wreath of sadness as he stood in front of Vice President Biden and Mayor Bloomberg and other family members of the fallen of Newtown. But he wasn’t letting his boy die in vain. He was asking for some help from the American people to make the Cowards of Congress end the madness of assault rifles.
After the event was over, a mayor’s aide told me that Heslin was hurting as spring arrived because his kid liked to play baseball and the season was about to start.
It made me think immediately of walking through Newtown Cemetery back in December as funeral bells tolled through this drowsy Connecticut town that was awakened by a monster killing its children and their brave teachers with a weapon of war. As I strolled past fresh graves dug for children and gazed down to my left, I saw a sandlot baseball field as empty as the hearts of Newtown.
I knew that some of the murdered kids had played on spring and summer days on that field of dreams but never would again. Instead they would lie up here for eternity in a field of the dead.
Well, then, let’s ban “assault rifles”! Because, you know, death sucks. And little children being slaughtered sucks even worse. And we have to do something, right?
Arming teachers? No, no, no! That would be like adding a “goalkeeper” anti-aircraft system on Navy ships in case the enemy somehow managed to arm-up and penetrate several layers of security.
We need to do something to prevent these spree killings before they occur. Like making it impossible for them to purchase weapons. Well, a weapon. The AR-15. Which is an extra-special deadly weapon—that somehow got to be law-abiding Americans’ favorite rifle.
And as Heslin spoke in City Hall on Thursday I thought of another kid who loved baseball named Chase Kowalski, who was a star pitcher for a local Newtown team and how, when I walked into his wake, he lay in a closed coffin because the savagery of the AR-15 assault rifle that had killed him hadn’t left enough of his little 7-year-old face for an open casket.
This is the gun the NRA and the Cowards of Congress want to keep legal. A gun that blows the faces and fingers off children, that blows babies into caskets.
As Heslin spoke I remembered speaking to Chase Kowalski’s dad Steve in the back room of the funeral parlor and that his baseball dad’s face had the same stain of indelible anguish that I saw on Neil Heslin’s face in the Blue Room of City Hall.
As opposed to, say, any other gun. Which can also be used to blow the faces and fingers off of spree killers.
Every one of those Cowards of the Congress owes it to those who died in Sandy Hook to go take a stroll through the cemetery. Go with the parents who will be laying flowers on a kid’s grave instead of cheering for a son or daughter on that little baseball field down the hill.
“You don’t think it could happen to your kid in your town,” Steve Kowalski told me at his son’s wake. “But it did. And it can happen to your son as easily as it did to ours.”
I dare the Cowards of Congress to go there before they vote in favor of letting anyone have the right to bear a weapon of war. That’s a vote for another nut with an AR-15 to march into another school and kill more kids.
And while we’re at it, let’s have a roll call of all the politicians who voted for the Gun-Free School Zones Amendment Act of 1990. Or those who continue to support it today.
Meanwhile, rest assured that you’ll be hearing a lot from the civilian disarmament industry over the next few weeks. They are pissed. And they’re not afraid to bring out the big guns to express their displeasure. Rhetorically speaking.