Parkland Father Fred Guttenberg Says Movement for Gun Reform Continues Beyond Midterms
Fred Guttenberg lost his daughter in a school shooting and said the midterms were “just the start” of his fight for gun reform.
“For eight and a half months everyone who knows me knows I haven’t stopped because I lost my kid ‘cause I sent her to school,” he stated. “And in that eight and half months, we’ve had mass shooting after mass shooting. So today isn’t the end of my fight, it’s the start.”
Guttenberg’s daughter Jaime was one of the 17 students killed in Parkland. He said he became her voice on November 6. The midterm elections gave Democrats control of the House for the first time in eight years.
“I expect that when this Congress sits, and you have members sitting next to new members, because the old one got fired for their stand on this [gun reform] issue, and the new one got hired for their stand on this issue, that that’s gonna give people the political courage to break grip with the NRA and do what American voters want,” he stated.
The flip was a win that Guttenberg and other activists worked for. He spent election day supporting Florida Congressman Ted Deutch, a local representative who’s worked to support the Parkland families.