Parkland Father Removed From State of the Union Address for Yelling Out

Fred Guttenberg, the father of a high school student who was killed in the 2018 Parkland mass shooting, was ejected from the House chamber for shouting out during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Guttenberg was attending the address as a guest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who exchanged her own barbs with Trump. While Trump spoke about protecting the Second Amendment, Guttenberg yelled out “What about my daughter!”

After being taken out of the chamber by a plainclothes police officer, Guttenberg later apologized on Twitter, saying it was a “rough night.”

“I should not have yelled out,” he wrote. “I am thankful for the overwhelming support that I am receiving. However, I do owe my family and friends an apology.”

Since his daughter’s death, Guttenberg has become an outspoken gun activist. After he was removed, several politicians came to his defense, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).

Trump has not addressed Guttenberg shouting out during his speech, and despite promises to enact gun control reform, there have been no national restrictions on access to firearms since the Parkland, Florida, shooting.

Responses

  1. Mr. Guttenberg did not get the memo. In order for the gun rights owners to have unfettered access to guns, there are necessary sacrifices. His daughter was only one of the many sacrifices the NRA owned members of Congress are willing to make. But hey, they sent you their thoughts and prayers. But it would have been appropriate to have added a thank you for your sacrifice.

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