The Last Word | January 31, 2013
>>> i'ven never seen a doctor cry. you are about to see a doctor who did 20 years in the er as he put it never broke a tear until december 14th when he was in charge of the er that was sudden suddenly overwhelmed by the massacre in sandy hook . last night the connecticut 's legislature bipartisan task force held it's final hearing at newtown high school . dr. william begg made this plea.
>> thank you. what is my inspiration for coming tonight. i'm a parent of three newtown students and the parent of the medical staff here at the high school . i'm part of the group that formed the response to the shootings and i'm an er doctor that was on shift on december 14th . what is my goal? is to some how convince you that gun control measures that you hopefully enact will make a difference. i had to go over seas for research. in scotland in 1996 , 29 first graders were shot, their teacher, and then the gunman shot himself . few years before in england a 27-year-old shot 31 people killing 16 of them and killed his mother and themself. what did those legislators do, over a ten year period between 1988 and 1996 they enacted real sled legislation. did it make a different right away? actually it didn't. there was a bump in gun violence . but in 2010 in the u.s. since 1996 we have had over 20 mass murders . great britain has had one. okay in 2010 , the united states had about 32,000 gun deaths great brit continue 155. gun legislation takes a while to come to fruition but it works. if you own a gun and it is in your home because you are waiting for that person to show up because they are going to ter rise your house. you have 25 times more chance you are going to get killed from your own gun or your wife or spouse or kids 25 times you are going to die from your own gun than you getting killed from that intruder. states that do have gun control have a lower chance of violence for their citizens. in summary, what i'm asking for a you consider an assault weapons ban and restriction on the size of the magazine clips and number of rounds and also please let us do some gun research that is real. [ applause ]
>> from the mental health side, what galls me is the same folk that is are saying well i get it, we want to balance the budget, the same people that are saying let's um, take care of guns or allow guns to be out there are the same ones that are saying let's focus on mental health yet they are the same ones that are saying let's cut services. i'm asking you to please don't cut anymore. allow me as a medical democroctor, when i see a patient when i educate them on alcohol or safe sex , can i please talk to them about the effects of gun violence please? i wa i want to recognize the -- you know 20 years in the er never broke a tear. but this has affected me. i want to recognize the efforts of thehe newtown ambulance core. thank you for your services to the families [ applause ] to the flamamilies on behalf of the er we tried our best. we tried our best. and to you lawmakers my mom and dad were both connecticut state representatives . i said mom why won't they make a change? they said they have their party lines and they have their -- i said do you think this one time they will make the right decision and you know, she said yeah, i think this one time. i'm asking you please, make the right decision on behalf of newtown , and on connecticut and the united states .