Newtown parent says no to gun control, brings host to tears

The parent of a boy killed in the Newtown massacre on Dec. 14 appeared on “America Live” Monday and told host Megyn Kelly that new gun control laws weren’t the answer to Newtown and similar tragedies.

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In a 12-minute emotionally charged interview during which both he and Kelly broke down in tears, Mark Mattioli, father of murdered 8-year-old son James, went against the flow of other Newtown parents calling for bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines according to Fox News.

“There are tens of millions of these out there and criminals aren’t going to hand them back,” he said. “So why should I be hampered in protecting myself when someone can come to my home and outgun me?”

Mattioli described watching Connecticut lawmakers debate gun control and engage in “group think” while “suspending reason and critical analysis.”

Kelly eventually asked how Mattioli has coped in the almost three months since the tragedy.

“The enormity of this loss is just starting to reveal itself,” he said. “An Easter egg hunt, a trip to the dentist. I had a plan for how to make this world better and my son was a big part of that plan.”


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