By Jon Dougherty

(TNS) Amid a number of tense moments during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, a father from Parkland, Fla., who lost a daughter in the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High in 2018 yelled out during comments about protecting the Second Amendment.

The outburst by Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime Guttenberg was one of 17 people killed during the mass shooting, led to his ouster from the chamber, CBS News reported.

Guttenberg had been invited to the SOTU by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Prior to Guttenberg’s outburst, the president said:

In America we don’t punish prayer; we don’t tear down crosses; we don’t ban symbols of faith; we don’t muzzle preachers and pastors. In America, we celebrate faith. … Just as we believe in the First Amendment, we also believe in another constitutional right that is under siege all across the country. So long as I am president, I will always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Guttenberg has been an outspoken advocate for gun control since the shooting.

Later, after the president’s address, Guttenberg took to Twitter to thank Pelosi for the invitation and apologize for his behavior.

Huffington Post congressional reporter Matt Fuller tweeted that Guttenberg yelled something along the lines of “victims of gun violence like my daughter.”

Other parents who lost children in the shooting by former student Nikolas Cruz have taken a different stand on guns. One of them is Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack, who maintains that while talking about gun safety is important, refusing to adopt tangible measures to physically protect schools will only lead to more incidents.


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