Fred Guttenberg is the father of 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg, a student killed during the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Guttenberg was present during the State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening but was escorted out after an outburst. He yelled out in protest when President Trump announced his intention to protect the right to bear arms, according to CNN.
Guttenberg’s exact words were not clear because it was partially drowned out by those who were clapping at the time, but he was trying to make a statement about victims of gun violence. He was then detained by Capitol police. He later apologized on Twitter, saying he regretted his actions.
“Tonight was a rough night. I disrupted the State Of The Union and was detained because I let my emotions get the best of me. I simply want to be able to deal with the reality of gun violence and not have to listen to the lies about the 2A as happened tonight. However, I do owe my family and friends an apology. I have tried to conduct myself with dignity throughout this process and I will do better as I pursue gun safety.”
His statement came after President Trump made a statement regarding his plan to defend the Second Amendment so long as he is president. Only half the room stood and applauded after.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) February 5, 2020
Guttenberg has been a vocal activist against gun violence since his daughters death and has pushed hard for stricter gun laws to prevent tragedies like what happened to Jaime. She was among 17 people killed on the Valentine’s Day shooting that shocked the nation. It was 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who was later identified as the shooter. The shooting later lead some of the high school students as well as some of the victim’s parents to make headlines as they fought for change and new regulation.
Many will recall Guttenberg’s scathing response to Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 when Kavanaugh gave an emotional testimony in which he discussed how his life was affected by the sexual assault allegations he’d been facing at the time by Christine Blasey Ford, as The Inquisitr previously reported.
“You are not a victim,” Guttenberg told Kavanaugh on Twitter, going on to slam him for his support of weapons that Kavanaugh had previously referred to as “common use”. It was the same type of weapon Kavanaugh was referring to that had claimed Jaime’s life.