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Father of Parkland massacre victim slams gun control inaction as Texas shooting 'pulls me back to a moment that is unfathomable'

Theresa Braine, New York Daily News on

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“He put out a statement today that looked exactly like the statement he put out when my daughter was killed,” Guttenberg said.

“Horrified and heartbroken by reports of the disgusting violence directed at innocent schoolkids in Uvalde, Texas,” McConnell tweeted just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday. “The entire country is praying for the children, families, teachers, and staff and the first responders on the scene.”

While Guttenberg did not quote either statement, a quick Twitter search yielded said statement.

“I’m deeply saddened by the horrific violence in Florida,” McConnell tweeted on the day of that school’s massacre. “Praying for the victims, their families, and the Parkland community. Always grateful for first responders who charge into harm’s way.”

Not much has changed since then save the number of victims, Guttenberg said.


“We know exactly where the problem is,” Guttenberg said. “If this latest shooting doesn’t shake them … there’s an election not too far away. Let’s kick their butts out of the Senate, because they’re not doing their job.”

Both Guttenberg and Hockley had messages for the bereaved and traumatized families, urging them to reach out for help.

Guttenberg has been touring the country for a year visiting families of gun victims, and is about to head to Buffalo, where a teen gunman bent on killing Black people shot up a grocery store on May 14, killing 10 and wounding three.

“I continue to be amazed by these amazing people who become shattered and broken and end up going forward as part of the fight to do something about gun violence,” he told Hayes. “I continue to be amazed that this entire universe of survivors, knowing the challenges that exist in the Senate, continue to push forward simply because they don’t want this to happen to somebody else.”

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