Citizen Tells Gun Control Hearing The Constitution 'Guaranteed Liberty,' Not 'Public Safety'

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | March 21, 2013 | 11:13 AM EDT

Connecticut resident Robert Steed delivered possibly one of the most candid and straightforward testimonies on gun control yet. During the testimony, Steed says he's "aggravated" by lawmakers, and even went so far as to take three days off from work to attend the hearing.

"This is the third day I've taken off of work to come here to, like so many of the rest of us, to plead with you for us to keep our guns because of some wing-nut in Newtown, Connecticut," he said. "If that isn't inherently wrong, I don't know what is. That these bills are even in proposed form is scary enough. That any of you could possibly be undecided is scary enough. What are you looking at?"

He continues, "I can't for the life of me understand how this state can have as many gun laws on the books as it does and have members of its Legislature need to take firearms 101. And as far as what I felt were potshots taken at the NRA, they've done more for gun safety- they'll do more for gun safety this weekend than this committee will do in your careers."

Later into the testimony, Steed says "The Constitution did not guarantee public safety - it guaranteed liberty."

"The reason that your jobs are becoming so difficult is because you're coloring outside the lines of constitutional parameters. That's the bottom line. You are trying to marriage up public safety with constitutional rights. The Constitution did not guarantee public safety, it guaranteed liberty. And sometimes what comes with liberty is tragedy, unfortunately," he stated.

At one point during the testimony, Steed places partial blame on the media. He says attention and fame are what killers want, and the media enables them by providing it. 

(h/t The Blaze)

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