Parkland father and activist Fred Guttenberg says we need to be talking about gun violence, not just the issue of anti-Semitism in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh shooting.
“The way to defeat anti-Semitism, especially in this coming election on November 6th, is to defeat the people who speak in anti-Semitic phrases, words, and tones,” he explained. “Our leaders who stoke the fans of anti-Semitism in this country, they need to be held accountable. Rather than letting them stand around saying, wow, look at this anti-Semitism, we should be saying to them, you started it.”
Police confirm that the shooting victim posted anti-Semitic content online and hate crime charges have been officially filed against him.
Trump, who has been accused of anti-Semitism in the past, responded by advocating for armed guards in places of worship. Gun reform activists and families of the victims have since criticized him for appearing to place blame on the community.
All four guns used in the shooting were purchased legally.
“After my daughter was killed in [Parkland, FL] they wanted to talk about everything but the gun,” Guttenberg said. “Now you have a temple. They want to talk about anti-Semitism, or now they want to harden temples.”