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““I’ll be hoping to put a face to gun violence, but also speak about the policies that I think will help prevent these sort of tragedies from happening,” said Barton, who lives in nearby Southbury, Conn., according to NBC news.
The hearing started at 10 a.m. and was expected to stretch till past midnight Tuesday morning.
Gun rights supporters also spoke along with representatives of gun manufacturers, who mostly oppose new measures on the grounds that they would impinge on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The Jewish community has traditionally strongly backed gun control and Jewish communal organizations have spoken out in favor of new restrictions since the Newtown massacre. But a handful of Jews have also played leadership roles in gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association.
Veronique Pozner was an emotional centerpiece of the hearing, recounting some of Noah’s favorite sayings and recalling his big heart.
Noah’s bright personality makes the family’s loss all the more poignant, even though Veronique Pozner said she felt blessed to have four surviving children, including Noah’s twin sister, Arielle.
“Never will he feel the sunlight on his face, the companionship of a family who adores him, the taste of a good meal or to get to dig a hole all the way to China, as he strove to do every summer day at the beach,” she said.
Even as she proposed new measures that may prevent future mass killings, Veronique Pozner suggested there are some questions that nobody can answer.
“He used to ask, ‘If there are bad guys out there, why can’t they just wake up one day and decide to be good,’” she recounted. “ I didn’t always have the answers that Noah was looking for.”