Father of Parkland victim ejected from State of the Union

Parkland parent Fred Guttenberg House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch D West Boca

Parkland parent Fred Guttenberg House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch D West Boca

Fred Guttenberg, a gun control advocate and the father of a victim of a school shooting, issued an apology after he was escorted out of the Capitol Building during President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday evening. "I can not thank you enough for your commitment to issues important to Americans and to the issue most important to me on dealing with gun violence".

Fred Guttenberg is removed by security after yelling as President Trump delivered the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C on February 4, 2020. "So long as I am president, I will always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms", Trump said, prompting Guttenberg's outburst. Guttenberg's outburst was mostly muffled by Republican applause, but his local congressman Ted Deutch quoted the essence of the bereaved father's protest as: "What about the victims of gun violence like my daughter?"

Guttenberg's daughter, Jaime, was a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a gunman opened fire on February 14, 2018, killing her and 13 other students and three staff members.

Following the incident, Guttenberg tweeted that he'd had a "rough night" and issued an apology to his family and friends for yelling out.

This was not the first time a presidential address to Congress has been interrupted by shouting.

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Guttenberg also drew attention in Congress in September 2018 when he attempted to shake hands with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during a break at the latter's Senate confirmation hearing.

He was escorted out of the House chamber by Capitol Police.

"I will do better as I pursue gun safety", he added. Lawmakers and gun safety advocates added to the chorus, renewing their calls for new legislation. Guttenberg later claimed that Kavanaugh did not want to discuss gun violence. The President is doing nothing.

Supporters reacting to the disruption led to the hashtag #ImWithFred trending well into Wednesday morning. Guttenberg has become an activist for gun reform in the years since losing his daughter.

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