Fred Guttenberg’s daughter, Jaime, is one of the 17 people died during the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
He talked to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday, just hours after 18 children and one adult were killed in Uvalde, Texas.
“This is a horrible day. The passage of time doesn’t matter, it takes you right back to that moment. I can’t stop thinking about the families today who need to figure out how they will bury their children, who need to figure out how they will comfort their other children, who need to find out. the way Guttenberg says they have other kids who are likely to have PTSD in that school, kids who need to figure out a eulogy,” Guttenberg said.
Guttenberg said news of another shooting is infuriating “because of all these circumstances, we know that the next one is going to happen because we haven’t done anything to fix it. ”
“I am very depressed. 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 cited something the rabbi told him at his daughter’s funeral: “We’re not moving on, we’re moving on front.”
“I want people to know that they are loved and that they will move forward. It’s what I call the ‘new normal,’ he said. “But the next few minutes, hours, and days will be brutal.”