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On the heels of a Sandy Hook hearing in Hartford, Conn., which featured mixed reactions and emotional outbursts, on Tuesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Neil Heslin back to the program to share his candid reaction and pained perspective.
Having lost his son Jesse during the mass shooting in Newtown, Heslin testified on Monday, expressing his feelings that assault weapons have no place in civilian hands.
Met with shouts insisting that the "Second Amendment shall not be infringed," tonight Heslin clarified his position exclusively to Piers Morgan:
"I'm in favor and I support the Second Amendment, and I'm not in favor of taking anybody's weapons or guns from them," he told the host. "I am in favor, and I do want to push for stricter regulations on certain type of weapons, as I said, like the military style weapons and the assault type of weapons."
Continuing the conversation, the host also welcomed Senator Chris Murphy to add his insight on one of the most divisive issues facing America.
On Tuesday, the Democrat from Connecticut released a document in which he downplayed the political power behind the National Rifle Association, suggesting much of the organization's presumed influence is based on myths.
Saying that he "stand[s] in awe of Neil and frankly of all of the families who've had the courage to come out and speak," Murphy described his interpretation of the Constitution in relation to the gun debate:
"I'm a supporter of the Second Amendment just like Neil is," said the senator. "But Neil and I are supporters of the real Second Amendment, not the imaginary Second Amendment. The Second Amendment has always allowed the people, through their elected leaders, to decide what weapons are reserved for the military and what weapons can be in the hands of private citizens."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Heslin further explains his stance in light of Monday's hearing, while Murphy explains which weapons he feels "we should reserve ... for the military."
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