Fred Guttenberg’s daughter, Jaime, was one of 17 people killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
He spoke to DailyExpertNews’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday, just hours after 18 children and an adult were killed in Uvalde, Texas.
“This has been a terrible day. No matter how much time passes, it brings you right back to that minute. I can’t stop thinking about these families today who have to figure out how to bury their children, who have to figure out how they’re going to comfort their other kids, who have to figure out how they’re going to deal with the reality that they probably had other kids in that school who are going to have PTSD, who need to come up with a eulogy,” Guttenberg said.
Guttenberg said the news of another shooting is outrageous “because we know all these cases the next one will happen because we haven’t done anything to fix it.”
‘I’m just so broken. What’s worse, it’s not that this country doesn’t want to fix this,” he said.
When asked what message he would give to families in Uvalde, Guttenberg quoted something his rabbi told him at his daughter’s funeral: “We are not moving forward, we are moving forward.”
“I want everyone to know that they are loved and that they will carry on. It’s what I call a ‘new normal’,” he said. “But the next few minutes, hours, days will be brutal.”