One year later…

I’m Neil Heslin, a MoveOn member in Newtown, CT, and I started a petition to Stephen Feinberg, CEO of Cerberus Capital Management, which says:

Cerberus: Stop profiting from murder and divest from the maker of the Sandy Hook massacre gun. Uphold the promise you made one year ago and sell Freedom Group.

My son, Jesse, was in first grade—just six years old—when he was killed December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The gun used to kill my son and 19 other children that bright December morning was a Bushmaster XM-15, a civilian version of a military weapon. This gun is a profit center of Freedom Group, which makes Bushmaster and other brands of assault rifles. Cerberus Capital Management owns 94% of Freedom Group and collects the tainted profits.

One year ago, Cerberus made a promise to sell its interests in Bushmaster. But now Cerberus executives are dragging their feet instead of honoring their promise, quietly trying to keep profiting off the assault weapon that killed my son. On September 24th, I went to the company’s headquarters in New York to remind the executives about the promise they made, but they ignored my request for a meeting.

Help me make it uncomfortable for investors to profit from gun manufacturers like Freedom Group, to profit from murder.

I ask Cerberus again to cleanse itself of this blood money and uphold its promise to sell off its interests in Freedom Group and Bushmaster, not just in memory of my son, but in the hope of saving lives.

Please join me to make it possible to hold Cerberus accountable. Remember Jesse and sign this petition.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Neil Heslin


As a lifelong gun owner, though no longer a hunter – part of becoming an old fart – there is no need for an AR15/XM15 excepting as a crutch for John Wayne wannabes.

Regardless, sensible background checks for all gun purchases are no more demanding in a civilized society than getting a license for driving. Most NRA members agree with that. The overwhelming number of American citizens agree with that. Political paranoids should be left to themselves.

One thought on “One year later…

  1. moss says:

    Let me add a collateral note, Eid. While I appreciate the access granted by concealed carry laws – like the one we have in NM which requires training, testing and licensing – I discovered I don’t like the feel of it.

    I don’t believe I’m anymore deranged than most; but, the first time I set forth with one of my handguns concealed on my person I almost felt paranoid. Here I was with this deadly power on my person – and living in a society that does include a certain number of criminals, more than many others in our neck of the prairie, I was very conscious of others, myself, haw easy was access to the gun at any minute.

    Certainly, a lot of this was first time out. But, I have to say I didn’t like it. I can forget the handgun in my car – I keep it there because of the occasional carjacking along my commuting route. I don’t think I could forget the handgun on my hip.

    I don’t carry it anymore.

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