If anyone knows what it’s like to lose your child to gun violence, it’s the parents of the teens killed in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
So when the news of the latest mass murder at the high school in Santa Fe, Texas broke, the first impulse of cable TV news journalists was to call on the relatives and friends of those killed in Parkland for comment, the people who have been so persistent in calling for more restrictive gun legislation in order to save other people from suffering the same fate as their loved ones.
MSNBC reached out to Fred Guttenberg whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed in the Parkland shootings and who has been particularly active in the calls for gun regulation reform ever since.
Speaking to the network by phone, Guttenberg pointed an angry finger at the Republican triumvirate atop our government and accused them of valuing their cozy relationship with the NRA above the safety of the lives of students across the country.
“We have a president who stands up and embraces a gun lobby, the NRA, and says you should actually feel good about them,” Guttenberg said about President Trump, who addressed the NRA’s annual national meeting in Texas earlier this month. “We have Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan who sit on their you-know-what and have no spine and won’t even talk about this, and it keeps happening.”
“Here’s what I predict: This November, this will be the No. 1 voting issue, and if you’re wrong on this issue, we’re going to fire you, because enough is enough is enough.”
The still-grieving parent blamed politicians for creating “a generation of students who don’t want to go to school” because of their fear of becoming the next shooting victim.
“These shootings can happen anywhere and everywhere, because we have irresponsible gun ownership, we have irresponsible gun laws,” said Guttenberg.
Hopefully, it won’t take another mass shooting and even more deaths of innocent students, teachers, and school employees to convince enough Americans to make Mr. Guttenberg’s prediction about the November election results come true.
You can watch the grieving activist father say his piece on MSNBC in the video clip below:
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