Remembering Parkland 2 years later Remembering Parkland 2 years later2 years ago, the wives of so many mothers, fathers and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida change. Forever, 17 people were killed in 17. Others were injured in horrific, shooting that renew the push for gun control legislation, high schools across the country and in Parkland itself remember those who are lost our Erin kotarski. Has that story. The country like this one in Fort Lauderdale, pause for a moment of silence. At 10:17 a. m. on the 2nd anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, a community has come together to honor the lies of the 17 that we lost in a many others who were injured.
14, students and three teachers died of the massacre students in Broward County released early from classes today, so they can dissipate in a day of service and love. For many. This is a difficult day of reflection. You know what happened carrying out the deadly attack no trial date has been set for. Jury selection is expected to begin in late spring or summer. Violence activist, Fred, Guttenberg he’s one of those parents. He lost his fourteen-year-old daughter, Jamie in the shooting. Here’S a look at how his stage what is unfathomable is.
I don’t know what I do next. My wife is off, but I can tell you look at me and tell me. tell me you accept it and you will work with the long as I am president. I will always protect your second Amendment right to keep and bear arms can reaffirming our heritage has a free Nation. We must remember that America has always been a frontier Nation. Now we must embrace the next Frontier I’m a dad. I was a dance Dad. This is the rule my daughter used to dancing. I expected to continue watching my daughter dance to go to competitions over the years.
I’Ve just you know all those greens what he’s trying to do to prevent similar tragedies now mister Guttenberg. Thank you so much for your time and for joining us tonight, applicable to everything, except for losing a child in 2 years later, to the get any easier, the thought of losing Jamie doesn’t ever go away. What I would say he know, is needy every day you get to engage in some new experiences, a new memories, but your daughter is always with you to a child. You lost is always there with you for a lot of people.
You know now that we’re at this two-year mark it means a lot of different things, but to those of us who lost her loved ones. It feels like it was: yes, we’ve all move forward, we’re all doing different things now, we’re all engage in different kinds of activism or maybe other experiences with our family, but everyday we wake up with that massive hole in our heart, knowing what was taken from us. Knowing the room that still empty, knowing the laughter that we don’t hear, knowing in the case at my house, the silliness that I don’t experience anymore, you don’t ever forget that that never goes away.
We move forward to the laws because you’ve been very active in trying to get some change to occur in our country. You think there’s ever a chance of that might have bipartisan support to pass is the most important thing we could be looking at right now to deal with gun violence, because it actually deals with the weapons that are currently on the street of gun safety legislation is Forward-Looking and dealing with future purchases. The problem is in this country. We already have 300 ml + weapons on our streets, they get stolen, they get privately transferred, they end up in the hands of people who intend harm, who can’t walk into the store and legally buy a weapon, but they can still get their hands on a weapon.
The problem is even though they may be prohibited purchasers. They can walk into the store and buy the bullets, because there’s no requirement to do a background check on bullets. To do nothing more then, extend background checks to Bullet so that those who are consider prohibited purchasers who only would be in possession of a weapon that they shouldn’t own or that maybe they stall or that maybe they got it illegally. We’Re trying to stop them from having the ability to go by ammunition. Do I think it’s going to pass? I do.
I don’t think it’s going to be an easy process, because it’s on safety legislation in this country typically hasn’t been, but we see more of it. Everyday in cities and states, we look at the House of Representatives under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and some amazing Representatives. We see gun safety legislation passing eventually we’re going to see a cast of Set It because we’re going to fire enough Senators to flip the Senate and we’re going to fire Mitch McConnell I want to passes the Senate.
We will have gun safety legislation passing in this country in this country tomorrow. Is that the one that it would be on what I think was killed call for a ban on weapons of war? In fact, I believe we have to do all the other things. First, the problem is across this country. You see men coming up protest carrying AR-15 on their shoulders as a way of intimidating everyday citizens. The Next Step Beyond caring that on their shoulders to intimidate is one of those is going to get you. I think we need to deal with the reality that too many people have those weapons and they’re actually putting it in our face that they intend to use them and because of those people who are using those weapons to attend.
I’Ve changed my view on how important it is that we do something about that. Regarding the existing weapons on the street, I do. I think we the only way to deal with gun safety legislation comprehensively reality up ammunition and talked about how he would protect gun laws and – and you add, a comment about that. Explain to those who did not see or hear what you had to say and then explain to us what happened as a result of what he said was he was going to defend the 2nd Amendment why he was acting as a megaphone for the NRA when he Made that statement – and it just simply isn’t true – there is no place in this country where gun laws are on.
The Second Amendment is under attack. Gun safety legislation has no python legal, lawful gun owners in Florida, single legal, lawful gun owner who ever thinks about that law because it doesn’t affect them and so because he lied and because he said he was going to protect the 2nd Amendment but not protect children. Like mine, I got emotional, I typically try not to act in an emotional way, but I did that night and I said 9:00 words. Victims of gun violence, like my daughter and for that I was removed from the room, and I was detained include you in.
Do think that this is all got into Political. Well, In fairness with the Parkland parents schedule the White House, the White House put out a public schedule that morning. That said, meaning with the Parkland families know press invited us from media wanted to know. Was I going to be at this meeting? I knew nothing about it, so I went to Twitter saying over the course of the day I found out what was happening with the other families. I totally support the work that they were doing, like the fact that the White House put out a schedule that look like they may have been trying to take some opportunities with this two-year Mark acknowledge that schedule should not have been written.
That way, you know I just I’m thankful to you and all the others who were making sure that this two-year Mark is covered while we’re all struggling with this loss. The reality is by keeping this conversation going. Change is going to happen in this country and we’ve given up the lights. We once had to keep doing this work. We are going to get Public Safety & gun safety to be the norm in this country as we go forward. Everyone George Stephanopoulos here, thanks for checking on ABC News, YouTube channel if you’d like to get more videos, show highlights and watch live event coverage click on the right over here to subscribe to our Channel and don’t forget to download the ABC News after breaking news alerts.
Linsey Davis speaks to Fred Guttenberg, the father of one of the victims, on the second anniversary of the tragedy.