Oct 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Parkland father Fred Guttenberg joins anti-gun violence group

Fred Guttenberg, activist for gun control .
Fred Guttenberg speaks with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Feb. 5, 2020. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Fred Guttenberg, the father of a 14-year-old girl killed in the 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, announced Thursday that he is joining an anti-gun violence group as a senior adviser.

Why it matters: The announcement comes on the heels of Nikolas Cruz pleading guilty to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for the massacre. Guttenberg joins the Brady PAC, which supports candidates promoting gun violence prevention, ahead of next year's midterm elections.

  • The organization is known to spend millions of dollars during election cycles, according to AP.
  • Guttenberg became a prominent activist after the death of his daughter, Jaime.

What they're saying: "We are closer than we have ever been to passing gun safety legislation," Guttenberg said in a tweet.

  • "We are also closer than we have ever been to losing the chance," he added. "It will come down to the next election."
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