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December 20th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Neil Heslin on his son who perished in the Newtown, Conn. shooting: "Jesse was my son, but he was my best friend and my buddy too"

Less than a week since the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn. which left 20 young children dead within the walls of their Sandy Hook Elementary School, on Thursday "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes the father of one of the slain victims for a gut-wrenching and candid primetime interview.

Speaking about his son Jesse Lewis, Neil Heslin remembers the six-year-old warmly and fondly:

"Jesse was my son, but he was my best friend and my buddy, too. And I'm just really lost for words. We did everything together," explained Heslin in honest and heart-breaking fashion. "He had so many favorite spots where he'd go, the diner in town here, the grocery store for his bagel or muffin in the morning, the Misty Vale Deli where he'd go to get his sandwich in the morning, also before school and his snack. I'm lost for words."

This evening Heslin will face the unenviable task of burying his son, the precise act most people agree no parent should ever have to go through. The fact that it's happening during the holidays makes it that much more difficult:

"My little boy said something the night before to me. And he said, Dad, this is going to be the best Christmas ever. And he was going on about it. And I said, Jesse ... we'll make it the best we can. And I don't have much family. So it's kind of a quiet time for me. And he makes - made Christmas happy for me and joyful and he made it what it was," Heslin told Piers Morgan. "The next day, this tragedy happened. It occurred. And I thought to myself, 'boy, was he wrong about that.'"

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 as Heslin and Morgan talk further about the unspeakable tragedy that has shocked the nation, and encouraged many to call for stiffer gun legislation.
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  1. Nawang Phuntsog

    I would appreciate it if you would convene interested folks from Newtown, CT, including councilmen, parents, teachers, etc., to explore the idea of designating Newtown to be the first gun-free town in the US, as an authentic tribute to the living memory of those deceased by the recent horrific events. I believe that this unfortunate event provides a rare opportunity for this town to initiate a trail blazing initiative to occur in the US and to change the debate on gun control in a powerful way.

    December 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ireen houben

      Yes Piers, lets do that. Lets make Newtown into the first gun free places in the us. These kids deserve to be honoured, so we will allways remember how they changed our world. I,m living in belgium, but a frequent visitor to the us. This country is driven by fear, by fear they arm themselves. We have to change that. Piers, you,ve got a lot of critical responses. Don,t let that discourage you. We,who applaud the excellent work you did over the past week, will allways back up. Don,t go back to Britain, you are most needed here. I like your style. You are passionate. We need people like you! Keep focussed, even when other media won,t talk anymore about Sandy Hook in a couple of weeks. Never forget 20 young lives and their teachers .

      December 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • F. Eugene

        You folks are tied emotionally to the Conn. event and without thinking far out into the future (or maybe not so far out) when our govt. turns against us. It has happened before, The War of Norrthern Agression (Civil War), the Revolutionary War against King George III, in France against the King, etc. The 2nd Amend. was written for a reason. I have always considered myself as part of the Militia. I was trained during the Korean War. I am 81 but my long distance eye sight is 20 20. If we are overrun, I'll take a few of the B_ _ _ _ _ _'s with me.

        January 29, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Hilary

      This is a fantastic idea. My town next please.

      December 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Elliot

        The interview brought tears to my eyes for this poor fathers loss but to read this post is alarming and I need to ask this question.

        Are you guys proposing making it illegal to own a gun in this town? Placing a big sign GUN FREE TOWN.
        Might are well put a huge target on the rest of the kids. Do you people actually think some monster is going to read the sign and pic another town to kill people? This is most unrealistic thing I've ever heard posted on the net.

        December 21, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Nana

      What a good idea. Our children are part of the world. All children need to be protected.
      Mr Morgan why are you not getting mad asking questions about 175 children killed?

      "'Are we,' Obama asked on Sunday, 'prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?' It's a valid question. He should apply it to the violence he is visiting on the children of Pakistan."

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/19/newtown-drones-children-deaths

      December 21, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Wake Up

        mhabib3
        A Poem for the Children of Sandy Hook Elementary School – I hope this poem was written with the obvious understanding that Adam Lanza was not the shooter. Adam Lanza's death certificate is from New Hampshire on December 13, 2012. Adam Lanza lived in Connecticut. Why doesn't the father go after the 2nd shooter that he had to have seen on national tv the first day before they ordered that off the air? Wouldn't you? Every parent would want to know exactly what happened yet these actors could care less they just keep repeating the same lines "get rid of guns." Know no matter what you think of this case ask yourself why this father would go public against guns when he has to have knowledge of all the evidence in case & none of it points to Adam Lanza! If this was your child wouldn't you be screaming for a united states senate investigation and want ALL the evidence? Yes you would we all would, therefore again his behavior shows his true colors. I will never understand how these amateur actors were brought into the game to play the part of grieving parents. It actually scares me more that this show is so obviously fake. Please wake up sheep – this is why they want your guns & will stop at nothing to take them. Why? What is around the corner that they are rushing in to steal your guns? Be alert they didn't get the guns so there will be more shootings until the sheep wake up! Hurry sheep Barry's on his way to Mars. LOL

        January 29, 2013 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Are you proposing that legal gun owners turn in their guns to the authorities? How are we going to remove the guns from the hands of the criminals and those that dont abide by the law?

      December 21, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jerry

        Lets not forget that schools are already gun free zones and no one can walk onto the grounds with a gun legally. How about we look at it from a different prospective and consider arming more people who can actually protect not only themselves but other citizens. Just stop and think for a minute and consider the outcome if someone at that school had a gun. Im not claiming those poor innocent lives would have been spared but there is the possibility right? I understand your side and perspective as well. A gun free town sounds like a perfect environment for criminals to thrive in. For comparison, lets setup a study. We can designate one town where no one has a gun and another where most of its citizens have guns. Then lets designate criminals to select which town they will attack. Can anyone guess the outcome?

        December 21, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan C. Watkins

      Everything that is being talked about sounds heartfelt and honest in the attempt to ensure that what happened in Newtown, Conn. again. But if you want to do something that is a tribute to all those who died in that school in Newtown, then start talking about weapon security! Along with the background checks and mental issue checks, put in place a law that allows local and state law enforcement to inspect the security of weapons in gun owner homes. Ensure that hand guns & rifles have trigger locks and or are locked up in gun cabinets. Give tickets for violations with progressively higher fines for repeat offences and eventual loss of gun privilages for the lack of weapon security. A legally owned weapon can only be used in a crime when those we the people who desire to not have access to any weapons, are let to have access by the lack of any or slack weapon security in the home! Do the math people, get background checks in place, restrict access to the large capacity magazines and secure those weapons at home with trigger locks and or secure them in gun lockers. Those pretty gun cabinets with glass fronts are sure pretty for a weapons display but do little for security, use trigger locks and remember that the next life lost my come from your unsecured weapons at home!

      January 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mindy

    Excellent idea nawang! And thank you Piers Morgan for finally loudly articulating what so many Americans agree with as far as banning completely all assault rifles! Please continue to raise your voice because few people have the platform to do so in this country.

    December 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nana

      Thank you Mindy. Please keep asking questions. Our children need to be protected. Do remember its a global world.

      December 21, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. mike b.

    These school shootings are not about guns, its about the "WHY we don't have security at these schools to protect our children" . Ultimately, it was the FAILURE OF THE SCHOOL to protect the children under there watch. AND THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON. WE have enough laws to do the job, we need SECURITY in our schools so that NOT ANYONE can just walk in and kid nap one of our kids or kill one of our kids.....SECURITY and PROTECTION is what we expect from OUR SCHOOLS when we send our children there EVERYDAY......!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ireen houben

      Yes Mike, make your country into a big fenced zoo ! There is something sick about the us. Recently was in Texas, couldn,t travel on public transport, because my white friends thought that was far too dangerous. I went of course and enjoyed the compagny of Hispanics and Afro Americans commutering to work. You are a country driven by fear and a great lack of education. I,m sorry to say so.

      December 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Keeno

      With due respect mike b, if we get armed guard in schools what about shopping mall,churches,mosque,park and even the school buses that our kids jump on???
      I think apart from making very tough law against ppl and criminals that Are in possession of illegal unregistered guns will should adopt California 10 rounds magazine policy and allow competent sane ppl that feel and demonstrated they are capable of carrying conceal weapon legally to do so.
      Just imagine if somebody competent send just a round back to the dude that killed those young kids .... Am sure we would be talking about a different story with his behind in jail .
      God bless America

      December 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Malissia

    I applaud you Pier's Morgan!!! Do not stop and do not be silenced by intimidation. Thank you for voice in this very critical debate.

    December 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hilary

      I applaud you as well Piers.
      You speak for so many whose voices have had no forum.
      Keep it up every night until change is realized.

      December 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Anonymous

    I believe the recent event in Newton is tragic and I feel deeply for the victims.

    Despite this however, I must ask for reason when efforts to keep these episodes from happening again turn to gun control. If one reviews the history of these events, firearms were only used approximately 60% of the time, and, when firearms are used, the weapons of choice have mainly been handguns and shotguns, not assault rifles. So why waste federal taxpayer monies in an effort which will not solve the problem? Isn't such just creating a false sense of security?

    December 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Alain de Lotbiniere MD

    As a neurosurgeon who has had the difficult and unpleasant task on more than one occasion to be the bearer of news to families that their loved one has suffered a permanent and – in too many cases – fatal injury to their brain as a result of a gunshot wound, I applaud Piers Morgan's passionate debate and call to action. This country's addiction to guns is no more no less than an illness, an addiction that in other civilized countries would not be tolerated and for good reason. There is simply no reasonable justification for the public to have access to weapons that should belong only in the hands of the military or law enforcement. We pay a price for this folly that sadly has brought about the senseless slaughter of little children whose families are condemned to mourn their loss for the rest of their lives.

    December 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Keeno

    Great point anonymous,with due respect to ppl that just lost loved one. It's a shame that ppl can't see beyond and truly understand the issue. To a parent does it matter if a loved one is lost by a shotgun, handgun or AK47, a lost is a lost and it cut deep.i am a proud responsible legal gun owner and to say the truth out of the 11000 death from gun last year what % is robbery,home invasion,gang& drug related.?? Simple solution, restrict no of bullets in magazine like in California, extensive punishment to ppl or criminals that in possession of illegal guns or commit crime with guns, more support to mentally affected folks and a buy back of illegal guns in the society.
    Majority of legal gun owners have it to protect themselves and their families as well as for sporting.
    Legal gun owner rarely go about doing such rampage killing.

    December 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. mike b.

    Want to know what the REAL STATS are from an INDEPENDENT web site go to http://rense.com/general76/mths.htm and find out for yourself instead of listening to what other people are wanting you to believe about gun control....

    December 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. mike b.

    I have listened to all the arguments....BUT I still believe that the SCHOOL was ultimately responsible fro the safety and security of those children.....ARE we really just going to send our kids to school KNOWING they are going to get killed....NO WE DON'T...WE send our kids to school knowing and EXPECTING the school to PROTECT and keep our children SAFE>>>>
    ASK yourself this question...ARE YOU POSITIVE THAT THE SCHOOL IN YOUR HOMETOWN HAS ENOUGH SECURITY AND PROTECTIVE MEASURES to defend the children who go to your school. Can anyone just walk in to your school anytime without being challenged at the front door...LETS GET REAL....

    December 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Keeno

      Okay mike b, If am right I think the guy shot his way in.. So technically he was challenged and there was a system in place to prevent ppl from just walking in so let's get real that didn't apply in this case

      December 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. mike b.

    WITH all due respect KEENO, if you have not noticed lately, we do have a lot of off duty police protection in the areas you have mentioned. YOU probably just don't notice with your head buried in your cell phone. AND for those of you that haven't noticed lately, we do live in a free society and the price of freedom is at a premium cost...JUST ask the military that protect America everyday...Yes Virginia, the USA is at war with people who would deny us the freedom we predominately take for granted everyday....

    December 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Keeno

      Okay mr mike b I see your point, just to let you know I am a legal gun owner and I won't trade that for anything, I don't as a man think I want to even think about begging for the safety of my family from some hoodlum high on crack that makes a wrong decision to break into my house.
      Okay armed guard in schools, on buses and play ground you best email your house rep to increase tax for the wealthy bcos I don't know how we going to afford that when we cutting cost on education,police and what have us.

      December 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. laurie langley

    How can we help Neil Heslin? My heart just breaks for this man.

    December 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eva

      Oh, my heart is butchered after watching Mr. Heslin. His pain is excruciating.
      I, too want to help him. I just emailed a journalist @ the NY Post that had previously written about him and asked the same thing. He said he's pass it to him here's his email & article: dmacleod@nypost.com

      http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/father_anguish_jdXaaYbN4MG2AqPjzE5pBM

      I hope this helps.

      December 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Tracy

    Piers I applaude you for bringing the issue up and speaking firmly about it. 2nd Amendment never meant giving people's gun rights over taking away somebody else' right to live, especially those defenseless, innocent children's lives. Anyone claims their gun rights behind 2nd amendment is SENSELESS COWARD! Please, Americans are better than this! 2nd Amendment was established more than two hundred years ago. The situation has changed so much. We don't want our people to have arm race on our motherland. Mr. Lincoln would say NO to guns too.

    December 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Tracy

    Just thought about something else. Do we want to arm our teachers with machine guns when bad guys have Bushmaster assault rifle? When does this end?

    December 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. mike b.

    The only reason this is a FREE COUNTRY is the fact that there is no other nation in this world that would launch a ground offensive in this country to try to take it over. The Russian president Nikita Khrushchev once said: :Russia would never think of invading the US because there is a gun behind every tree". Guns have made this country free and our military fights everyday with GUNS to keep us free and if the people in this country lose the right to keep and bear arms, YOU WILL be living like they do in NORTH KOREA...With a dictator telling you what to do. I feel very sad for the chidren that were lost last Friday and have a lot of sympathy for Newtown, BUT, we cannot let this incident take away the rights that we have fought for and our military have fought for to keep this country free...

    December 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • NK

      What makes you think United States is free? We are controlled by few lobbyist that's gagging our country.

      December 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Maya

    Mr Morgan do we smell double standard ? Why did we not see you angery and mad when children of Gaza were massacred?

    How many of you have seen this: Gaza is a massacre

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=akN_2kWZXnU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DakN_2kWZXnU

    December 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      America leads in Democracy, therefore we do not accept such massacre.

      December 20, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Lucy

        Do you have any idea what they do all over the world? Stop hearing Fox News.

        December 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Tracy

    mike b. I think you would see more people shot dead by our own people than by Russians unfortunately... It is so silly. Maybe think about owning something like nuclear weapon instead of assault rifle...

    December 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. mike b.

    I don't know who you are TRACY, but my Grandfathers Father, my Grandfather, my Father, my 2 Uncles, and my Brother have ALL fought for the freedom for you to speak your mind. AND I AM EX- Police Officer. So if you have anything relative to say to me, PLEASE go get a brain before you comment to me specifically. Go read some history and get back to me in about 10 years....

    December 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Tracy

    mike b. Ha ha ha ha. If you had a gun, you probably would shoot me. Please be civilized.

    December 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Dave

    Piers thanks for giving Neil Heslin some time to express himself. What a wonderful individual!

    December 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Pink

    CNN, you cut off one of the best parts of this interview where the father realizes his son's statement the night before about Christmas was in fact true because of all of the acts of kindness that have occurred following this tragedy. He commented about bringing back the meaning of Christmas. Very moving and amazing that this 6 year old left us this message. You should post the whole interview.

    December 20, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Mot

    Piers, one of the best interviews I've seen. You allowed this grieving father to speak to all of us. You didn't cut him off nor cut in when he was gathering his thoughts. You hardly had to say anything. You allowed him to tell us about his son and his feelings of the incident. This man comes across as a normal loving father whose life has been devastated by a coward. Thanks, this really touched me.

    December 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Holly

      I had left the TV on while doing laundry, dishes, etc. around the house after the rest of the family had gone to bed and walked in on this interview. I cannot imagine the pain these families are going through. Tears were streaming down my face. You can just hear how much Neil loves and is going to miss his son, as they all will. There are no words for this.... I have not ever left a blog before but wanted him and the other families to know they are in our prayers and hearts. I am thankful for the laundry and the dishes. Thankful for the message of goodness and family and kindness Neil conveyed. My heart just breaks for all of them. Thank you for letting him speak and be heard.

      December 21, 2012 at 3:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Dave

    Piers, more power to you. You are paving the way for the transformational change required to reduce the probability of the horrible massacres of precious human lives.

    December 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Eva

    Mr. Heslin's pain is unimaginable. I don't have kids yet but I have no clue how he goes to sleep with such pain and how he will go through life without his little boy.. Same goes for all the parents that lost their kids. This man's pain is excruciating..

    December 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Gabriella Hall

    This interview has broke my heart ,little Jesse"s Daddy, as have all the parents speaking out.Him speaking of Christmas without his son,and how he has know family.I wish I knew of something that would comfort these familys during this holiday season. God bless all the familys.What has happened to this world?

    December 20, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eva

      Oh, my heart is butchered after watching Mr. Heslin. His pain is excruciating.
      Gabriella I am trying to do just that and connecting with some people...

      I, too want to help him. I just emailed a journalist @ the NY Post that had previously written about him and asked the same thing. He said he's pass it to him here's his email & article: dmacleod@nypost.com

      http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/father_anguish_jdXaaYbN4MG2AqPjzE5pBM

      I hope this helps.

      December 20, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Gabriella Hall

        Thank you so much Eva, I will see what I can find out, I just dont think I will have peace if I cant do something...

        December 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  25. BBB

    To see the pain in his eyes is so heartbreaking. I feel all these comments are so disrespectful.. Please let's give these families the time they deserve to grieve, let's listen to them, hear their precious stories about their loved ones who died in this tragedy. I know everyone is sharing their thoughts and views..but give them time before you all go off on your views on gun control. This topic will never go away..and yes, it will be dealt with..but give this poor man and a the families a break for a few days

    December 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Tony

    My heart goes out to mr heslin. He lost his only family. May the town come together and give the family he needs. KEENO I'm a gun owners as well but the bottom line is that if the shooter had access to only a rifle or gun with less rapid fire then the losses would not be so great. Here's another thought, if these crazed gunmen always commit suicide why would they care about tougher punishments? My condolences to everyone in wonderful Newtown

    December 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Joe

    Mr. Morgan,

    Here is your new line,"It's a shame that the NRA is stronger than all of the politicians in Washington."

    December 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      That's the end result when you allow yourself to be bought.

      December 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. mike b.

    If Mr.Morgan is right, and more guns are NOT the solution, and Mr. Morgan wants to get rid of "guns" then we should start by disarming the police officers. Police meet fire power with fire power and all the American people want is the same right the police officers have when the bad guys show up at there front door. I say meet the criminals at the door with relatively the same amount of fire power they may have in there hands. More guns SAVE lives than take a life. If you want the real facts, go to http://rense.com/general76/mths.htm and find out for your self. Mr. Morgan does not have a clue...Mr. Morgan probably lives in a well protected condo, with guards all around him, a limo driver and a body guard that follows him around everywhere. I, myself, live in the real world where self protection is a MUST. If you don't protect your self, then, who will? If your going to wait for the police to show up, I will mark it down to send flowers to your funeral.....

    December 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Richard Costa

    Piers, please have your people re-look at the link that you posted with Neil Heslin. The link cuts off after Mr. Heslin says his son was wrong about Christmas. But Mr. Heslin goes on to talk about the real meaning of Christmas. Please re-post this correctly. Thank you.

    December 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. vicky

    I am heartbroken over the pain that Mr. Heslin is been caused. The man lost his most cherished treasure for the love guns and appear lost. For the sake of the grieving parents, we need to take control. Pierce, do not pay attention to gun lovers and please keep the abuse of gun alive.

    December 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eva

      For those that want to reach out and help Mr. Heslin, MacLeod, Dan MacLeod, the NY Post journalist who interviewed Mr. Heslin can contact him directly. (dmacleod@nypost.com)

      December 21, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Name*theresa

    i think you should the government, state police,Nra,board of education.why?for the lost of your son.the government should never have given individuals the right to bear arms...President Kennedy has a plan to disarm that the government never uses, the state police had no right issuing permits to citizens instead the state of police should have been keeping the crime rate down so people could stay safe.THe Nra should not made assault weapons for the public...they only wanted to get rich by having them sold in gun stores and pawn shops.The education board should have hadreal detectors,door monitors, and security guards in the building...were is the protection in schools..no classroom cameras..please sue...your son can never be replace...please don'tallow them to hide behind mental health...this young man had enough sense to destroy his computer so the police couldn't get evidences...that tells me he was very intelligent...not a sickness...someone is lying..just think about it..

    December 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Andrea from Chicago

    How can I help the people of Newtown, CT? I want to do something but I don't know what. If I could send them something through the mail, what would be a good thing to send them? Any ideas? I really want to help. I have been watching the news everyday and I can't get this tragedy off my mind.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eva

      For those that want to reach out and help Mr. Heslin, MacLeod, Dan MacLeod, the NY Post journalist who interviewed Mr. Heslin can contact him directly. (dmacleod@nypost.com)

      December 21, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  33. John Palubski

    Please post this interview in it's entirety as he later contradicts his first assertion that his son was wrong. This is a most incredibly human interview and stunning show of strength.

    December 21, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Jon Delano

    Thanks Piers and Neil for being so compassionate and bringing this great loss to our nation's forefront.Let everyone unite to celebrate our families,our educators and community!

    December 21, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Danielle

    Hey Piers, keep up the fight it is worth it ! So maybe you should regularly list the names of people that are murdered by guns in the US. show us a photo and tell their story.

    I consider myself lucky to be Canadian as we have very strict gun regulations.

    December 21, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ray

      This country is extreamily sick and in denial. With all the money and guns it has the higest bipolar rate in the world, higest cancer in the world, higest obeasity, higest dibaties and higest autisam in the world. Bulling has become this country's behavior .... Just look what they do to samaller and weaker countries of the world. Maybe to much gun powder corodes healthy cells.

      December 21, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jon

        Mace and gunpowder cause Impotency.

        December 21, 2012 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  36. Anonymous

    To Andrea from Chicago. I believe that Neil Heslin ia a single dad who probably didn't cook very much. Maybe he could benefit from a week of free cooked meals or something like that....I am a caterer but I live on the west coast. I would love to go in person to cook for these families as I wish I lived close by. When I heard his story I just bursted out in tears.
    Super sad dad

    December 21, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Ron

    This man really needs to go back under the rock he crawled out from under in England. I wonder why he does not mention that most of the individuals that performed these horrific acts were all doped up on pharmaceuticals? Maybe because on CNN, every other commercial is for said pharmaceutical companies. Peirs, this is not Europe. We will not just turn over our guns just because you decide to go on a crusade. The 2nd amendment makes all the other amendments possible. The founding fathers knew this. They did not fear poeple owning guns. They feared that if a government became tyrannical, said government could be removed BECAUSE the people had guns. Fact is, if someone would have been armed in that school, this would not have happened.

    Why do you think that sicko did not attack a police station? Because he KNEW they were armed. He wanted to hurt the maximum amount of people and he knew he could do it in a school. What this dweeb did not tell you is that since the ban on guns in GB, violent crime has skyrocketed. Why? Because the criminals know that no one is armed. Ban guns in an American city and look what happens to crime every time. It goes up. ALOT.

    The bottom line is that this guy is on the lowest plane of hell. His punishment for eternity is beyond our capacity to understand. Pure evil, but to think that disarming the 99.9% of responsible gun owners is the answer is insanity and will never work. Even if they try, there will be millions of guns hid in all manner of places. A huge black market will ensue.

    Placing well trained and armed teachers in schools would prevent this because these sicko cowards would not even have went there in the first place.

    December 21, 2012 at 4:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      The Second Amendment is stripping us of the 14th Amendment. Life and pursuit of happiness.

      December 21, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Laureen

        You are absolutely right Vicky, I couldn't agree more. Piers, please keep this discussion going. We all need to step up and not let this be forgotten. Something needs to be done about guns in our country and it needs to be done now. This should have never happened and it should never be allowed to happen again. We cannot turn our schools into armed camps.

        December 25, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Roberta30

        You made a great point, Vicky!

        December 27, 2012 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  38. Roberta30

    Although we have a very difficult time dealing with loss – especially of children – Jesse expressing that this was going to be the best Christmas! I have been around 2 people – my mother-in-law & my daughter – who both talked to loved ones who had passed away, less than a week, before they passed away – cancer at 63 & previously undiagnosed acute cardiac arrythmia at 30.
    ( The day before Roberta ended up in the hospital, she told me she wanted to see God !)
    Jesse is going to be having the best Christmas! – in Heaven, with Jesus!
    We're the ones who have to deal with the loss & learn how to carry on without them, as people like John Walsh has!

    December 21, 2012 at 4:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Nana

    How very, very tragic. My heart bleeds for the family of Neil Heslin and all the parents who have lost kids to gun violance.
    Every child needs our protection may they be yours or mine, in our country or outside our country.

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=jReMg86Z4B0&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DjReMg86Z4B0

    December 21, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Alison

    Piers, can you please post the whole video clip? Neil Heslin's pain was almost unbearable to watch, but the dignity, grace and simplicity with which he spoke has touched so many people. Unfortunately, the posted videos are all truncated and therefore his remarks about Christmas being about all the people who have helped him and the community, all the compassion the world has shown, were cut out of any posted version. He has impressed so many people, and I think his comments about Christmas need to be shared.

    December 21, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Maria K

    Please forward my heartfelt sympathy for Mr. Neil Heslin. I want him to know there are many who stand with him. Despite his great loss, he was still able to send his best thoughts and condolences to the Lanza family.
    His poise and character moved me beyond words and he should be an example to us all.

    December 21, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  42. hammey

    I usually love Piers nightly show but I think it was very morbid to have Mr. Neil Heslin's interview on his show last night. It was very apparent that this poor man who just lost his 6 year old son was extremely medicated and was slurring his words. Piers should have kept his interview to a few minutes and not let him ramble on for so long. There is a point where the media should not interview these people who have suffered such an unbelievable loss. I really think Piers is dwelling on this subject too much and needs to concentrate on other topics and let these people grieve.

    December 21, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      No one is been forced into interviews. Speaking out is often therapy.

      December 21, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • chris

        Mr Nelsin, My heart goes out to you. I am a single man and never had children, I do have children in my lfe that I feel are sacred to me. The interview you gave was admirable. Our future is based on those little children. God Bless You.

        January 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Anthony

    IF YOU WANT TO THROW UP WTACH THE GUY FROM THE NRA ON TV NOW.

    December 21, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      I want to throw a shoe at my TV. He is making me sick.

      December 21, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jerry

      Why, because he actually has a plan that will reduce the amount of these killings? Whats your alternative to prevent this from happening again, a gun ban? How will that remove guns from the criminals? Please, enlighten me because I dont see your point at all.

      December 21, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Elliot

    I agree Jerry,
    These peoples plan is to ban guns and it will not happen again, create more gun free zones because criminals read the signs and find other places to kill innocent people. Thinking like this makes me want to throw up. Plans like that are the very reason these 20 kids are dead instead on being protected by trained personal. These people are with the police that are 20 minutes away protecting these wacked out killers. This is there idea to protect the kids when they return from xmas break. I say take action now and protect the kids at any cost. I 100% agree with the NRA's proposal and it needs to be done NOW!

    December 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. kathy lin

    Reading/watching this new is such a heart-breaking. We have a 17 months old boy.. My husband adores him. It makes me so sad.. Please let us know if there is anything I can do to help out...
    The father's interview just such so hard to watch... I can not image anyone would have to go through that..

    Be strong, father! You can do it !!!!!

    December 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Russell

    Why are we Americans so screwed up that we need a foreigner like Piers Morgan to point out our own foolishness?

    December 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • vicky

      Because foreigners have a better mentality than Americans and it starts with our Leadership.

      December 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Christine Sandoval

    The interview with Neil Heslin was powerful, absolutely gut wrenching, heartbreaking.
    I am Australian. I did live in the U.S for ten years (1985-1995) and have two U.S born sons. During that period – there was a shooting exchange between two adults who had run into the pre-school that my children were attending – the police shot dead a gunman who was in a boat yard only one block away from where I was living and I worked with two people who had been shot and survived (one in the stomach and the other in the foot). What I found astonishing is that these two shooting victims continued to firmly believe in the necessity for guns.
    Here in Australia, I do not know anyone who even owns a gun, let alone anyone who has been shot. Sadly, the Second Amendment has proved fatal for far too many innocent people.

    December 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. lisambw

    WHY did CNN cut the interview? The way it is edited completely alters the meaning of what this man had to say! Ending it with "He sure was wrong about that" is WRONG! It was 13 minutes long and it should be viewed and heard in its ENTIRETY!
    PLEASE post the un-cut version of this man's thoughts and words. It is powerful, moving, heartbreaking and a MUST SEE! Please post it ALL!
    Thank you.

    December 22, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  49. lisambw

    This interview was CUT SHORT and the meaning the man tried to convey was completely altered! This is WRONG! In the interest of responsible journalism PLEASE POST THE FULL INTERVIEW and do not try to change what this grieving man had to say. By cutting his talk short you left out some of the most important statements he made!!!!

    December 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. mhabib3

    A Poem for the Children of Sandy Hook Elementary School
    Rafey Habib

    Next time you shave
    or put on lipstick, look beneath
    that deepening mirror:

    the wailing
    of mothers half a world away
    beneath the cries of this mother, bereaved,
    the anguish of ragged children

    beneath the smiling face
    of Emilie
    who lies dead, slumped
    over friends
    in this little town, where the world
    would live.

    She was
    to be
    an artist, drawing
    lives.

    Artists. Teachers. Future worlds,
    Unworlded.

    And all that remains is words,

    Pictures of the dead.
    Drawn by children.

    Their cries do not reach
    the throne of God but are stuck in their throats.

    Next time you trim your eyebrows
    or apply your eye shadow, look deep into
    your mirrors to find
    not “evil” or God but selves we slid into
    – undisciplined (screwed-up) kid,
    Gun-loving (screwed-up) mother –

    Who let this happen every single day
    both here and half a world away;
    Who pretend this disease is freedom.

    December 24, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  51. Debbie

    I really feel as though we are being bamboosaled (spelling?). I think our gov't is just trying to get all our guns but it is never going to happen. Just my opinion, but America...wake up...stop being so nieve. Have you noticed all the media attention to gun shootings just about every day? This is nothing new but the media is putting attention on these shootings to scare people into believing that guns are bad and we shouldn't be allowed to have guns. Guns aren't bad...the people killing others are who need to be stopped!

    January 31, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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