Trump Ally Tries to Remove Parkland Fathers From Gun Violence Hearing

Trump Ally Tries to Remove Parkland Fathers From Gun Violence Hearing

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, injected the immigration debate into a hearing on gun violence prevention. A longtime Trump ally pushed to have two fathers of Parkland victims tossed out of a Congressional hearing on gun violence — a reflection of the vociferous nature of the debate Democrats have made a priority in the new Congress. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., sparked commotion in the hearing when he listed circumstances in which violence was committed by undocumented immigrants, and said the solution would be to build the Trump-backed wall along the southwest border. "I hope we do not forget the pain, and anguish, and sense of loss felt by those all over the country who have been the victims of violence at the hands of illegal aliens," Gaetz said. "[Firearms background check legislation] would not have stopped many of the circumstances I raised, but a wall, a barrier on the southern border may have, and that’s what we’re fighting for." This led to protests in the hearing room by the fathers of two Parkland shooting victims, Manuel Oliver and Fred Guttenberg. Gaetz responded by asking for their removal. The public is not allowed to comment during congressional hearings, and the two were given a warning. Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last February and opened fire, killing 17 students and faculty members. Pointing at Oliver and Guttenberg, the Florida Republican continued to press for them to be removed from […]

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