WASHINGTON - "I think in this county we are on the verge of a shift and I think the kids who fought for their right to be safe are driving it," said Fred Guttenberg when he spoke to FOX 5 Friday morning.
Guttenberg, father of Jaime, a 14-year-old girl who was killed during the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead, say he's proud of the response that he has seen from students.
"Nothing brings my daughter back. My day now starts the same with me looking at reminders of my daughter and just focusing on the memory – and that's it – because it's all I have."
Guttenberg said that he has become a fierce advocate for gun control since the shootings. "As I meet with our legislators, as I listen to what's happening in the media, and as I talk to people who care about this, I feel like we're in the beginning of a movement that is unstoppable." He says Florida is on the verge of passing common sense gun reform and considers the upcoming marches to be a tipping point.
"What we're seeing now through businesses taking a leadership position is you can go against the NRA and you'll be fine," Guttenberg said when asked about the National Rifle Association of America. He continued that he feels the NRA and other gun lobbies do not have the best interest of the safety of children in mind. "As long as they don't have that interest, they have no place in safety legislation," he said.
"The common theme with the extensive casualties is always these weapons of war and we can't ignore that fact," Guttenberg said. "I do have an issue with folks saying it's okay to have weapons of war on the street in an unfettered way that put people at risk."
"I will stand with anyone of them - God forbid it's their child killed by one these weapons - and I will console them and I will be there for them even if they don't agree with me, because this isn't about anything other than trying to ensure the safety of us. We ought to be able to walk down the street without fear of being shot," he said.
"My daughter had rights, too. She had a right to life. It's been terminated. She had a right to be a believer in the second amendment if she wanted. It's been terminated. And it didn't need to be."
Fred Guttenberg was in Alexandria, Virginia earlier this week at a town hall meeting on gun safety.