Parkland’s father says Biden gave him important grief advice

  • Guttenberg said Joe Biden taught him that “no two people cry the same way” after the shooting.
  • That advice made the most sense to Guttenberg, now an activist pushing for tougher gun laws.
  • Guttenberg said he has a relationship with Biden and is in contact with members of his administration.

After the 2018 mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the father of a teenager killed in the attack received advice from Joe Biden. It was the most important message Fred Guttenberg said he received as he came out of grief.

The then-former vice president presented Guttenberg with data on the impact of tragic events on relationships, not to evoke fear, but to help him prepare, recalled Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was among 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. .

“‘The truth is, no two people cry the same way,'” Biden told Guttenberg, urging him to allow his family members to grieve in their own way, but also to support each other.

“I’ve been very public and out there,” said Guttenberg, author of Find The Helpers. “My wife and son have been very private. Without Joe Biden, I would have thought something was wrong with us. space but also to be together.”

Biden has forged strong bonds with the families of victims of gun violence — and many others — counseling them through their grief, which he understands well after losing his own daughter and wife in a car accident in 1972 and his son in 2015 due to cancer.

Today Guttenberg said he has a rapport and “deep affection” for the president. “He gave me advice on how to move forward that to this day makes more sense than anyone else’s advice,” he said.

Guttenberg also has the phone numbers and email addresses of members of the Biden administration, and he has been in contact with them about the administration’s response to the mass shootings last month in Buffalo, New York. York, and Uvalde, Texas. He thinks his voice is heard.

Guttenberg gained national attention in 2020 for disrupting and escorting Donald Trump’s State of the Union address when the former president championed the 2nd Amendment. He said then that he regretted his actions.

When Biden took office as president in 2021, Guttenberg expected him to do “everything in his power” to address gun violence. He said Biden did it through executive actions.

He wants the administration to continue to focus on nominating Biden’s second nominee to head the Bureau of Firearms and Explosives, former U.S. attorney Steve Dettelbach confirmed. He would also like to see Biden appoint a director of gun violence prevention, even if the value is nominal.

“But I know he’s trying everything he can, and I believe we may have seen a turning point on this issue and they’re going to fight like hell to make sure this matters when November elections,” he said.

Congress is again trying to take action this week on a host of gun safety issues. Guttenberg said he will be in Washington to lobby for “Jaime’s Law,” a bill named after his daughter that would expand background check requirements to include ammunition.

But he thinks there needs to be another election, with a high turnout, for Congress to have the votes to pass major gun safety legislation.

He plans to join other gun control supporters for a march on June 11, organized by March For Our Lives, the youth-led organization that was launched after the Parkland shooting.

Guttenberg said he wants people to make their plans to vote now and hopes they will question why a small group of lawmakers are “holding America back” to fight gun violence.

“I hope people really see this and are so angry that they help solve the problem by going to the polls,” he said.

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