Veronique Pozner has “cried enough tears to fill an ocean” in the past three years. Her six-year-old son Noah was ripped from her by a man with a military style assault rifle at Sandy Hook school, Connecticut, in December 2012.
If these things can be measured, Sandy Hook – with 20 first-graders among the 26 dead – exuded a unique horror. It was seen as a wake-up call, maybe even a tipping point in America’s debate over assault rifles.
They are weapons of mass carnage that are designed for the battle field... They should be made illegal - Veronique Pozner, interviewed by Foreign Correspondent just weeks after Noah died at Sandy Hook elementary school
But what followed Sandy Hook was more Congressional inertia. Then came San Bernardino (14 dead) and now Orlando (49 dead).
It was just that feeling of “here we go again” - Veronique Pozner, June 2016
In the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub killings Foreign Correspondent’s Lisa Millar catches up again with Veronique Pozner. Despite a lack of progress on gun reform she is surprisingly upbeat, likening the campaign to the long haul of the civil rights movement.
We woke up as a nation to the injustices. So this is our next fight - the violence in society is our next fight – Veronique Pozner
Her resolve is all the more extraordinary in the face of a vicious trolling campaign by conspiracists or “gun truthers” who claim that Sandy Hook never happened, that the family are all government-sponsored actors – and that Noah never died.
Noah’s dad Leonard Pozner devotes himself to repelling the online assault.
I have to absolutely defend the memory of my son; I have no choice – Lenny Pozner
The Pozners are now part of a landmark case which they hope will radically reframe gun laws, stripping legal immunity from gun makers and sellers when guns are used in a crime.
Drug manufacturers and tobacco manufacturers do not enjoy that (immunity). There are consequences and it’s about time people brought that to the forefront – Veronique Pozner