Father Of Parkland Shooting Victim 'Cried Like A Baby' When Biden Referred To Daughter

Written by on April 10, 2021

Gun management activist Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland college taking pictures sufferer Jaime Guttenberg, mentioned Friday that he “broke down and cried like a child” when President Joe Biden referred to his daughter as he slammed firearm violence in a speech on the White Home Rose Backyard.

Freshman Jaime Guttenberg, 14, was shot within the again as she fled a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Florida three years in the past. Her dad has since grow to be one of the crucial highly effective voices advocating for gun management. Jaime’s brother, Jesse, survived the assault that killed 17 college students and workers.

Biden mentioned in his remarks Thursday: “The concept that we have now so many individuals dying each single day from gun violence in America is a blemish on our character as a nation.” Gun violence within the nation is “an epidemic, for God’s sake. It has to cease,” he added.

Biden known as out different attending mother and father of youngsters who had been killed by gun violence, and survivors of assaults, together with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot within the head in 2011 as she spoke to constituents in entrance of an Arizona grocery retailer.

“I see my good friend Fred Guttenberg,” mentioned the president. “His daughter, Jaime, was a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty.  She was an completed dancer.”

Biden mentioned of these current who had been deeply impacted by firearm violence: “They’re right here, and their ache is immense … Thanks for having the braveness to be right here, the braveness to proceed his struggle.”

The president on Wednesday signed a sequence of government orders directing the Justice Division to start a crackdown on weapons, and saying a nominee to guide the federal company charged with battling unlawful gun trafficking for the primary time in years.

For additional congressional motion supported by Biden, Guttenberg supplied Friday to fly to fulfill with any member of Congress to debate gun security.

A yr in the past, when Donald Trump vowed he would battle to maintain weapons in People’ fingers throughout his State of the Union deal with, Guttenberg — who was a visitor of Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — shouted: “What about victims of gun violence like my daughter?”

He was escorted out.

Followers on Twitter had been moved by Guttenberg — and touched by his tears.

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