Gun control advocates pin their hopes on Joe Biden

Gun control advocates pin their hopes on Joe Biden

Getty Images Gun control advocate Fred Guttenberg speaks during a meeting with lawmakers at the US Capitol Indianapolis joins Atlanta and Boulder on the list of US cities traumatised by a mass shooting in 2021. Congress has shown little appetite to pass the sweeping reforms that gun control proponents believe can stem the violence – but advocates insist there is reason for optimism. Three years ago, as Americans heard the details of yet another mass shooting, Fred Guttenberg learned he had lost his daughter. A gunman stalking the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, had killed 17 people . One of them was Jaime, Mr Guttenberg’s 14-year-old daughter. Fighting back tears at a vigil the following night, Mr Guttenberg looked out at the emotional crowd and said he didn’t know what to do next but had to speak out. "That night, I became Jaime’s voice," he told the BBC. Mr Guttenberg is now among the most visible advocates for gun control in the country, speaking out forcefully against pro-gun lawmakers and the gun lobby. America’s gun culture in charts What are America’s gun laws? Why is US gun lobby NRA so controversial? "I followed the news like everyone else, but I wasn’t doing this until it was my kid," he says. "I live with that guilt every day." Last week, President Joe Biden hosted Mr Guttenberg and other "survivors of gun violence" at a White House ceremony. He thanked them for their "courage" as he […]

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