A grieving father reacted in anger to President Donald Trump's assurances to governors that they should not fear the National Rifle Association.
Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jamie was killed Feb. 14 in a mass shooting at her Florida school, listened to the president's remarks through an earpiece as he awaited an appearance Monday on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports."
"It's one of those things where I start off feeling okay, and I end up pissed off," Guttenberg said. "I apologize for my language. The talk listed a lot of nice ideas, but it was wrapped up in something that was horribly scary, this idea that we should embrace the NRA and take the NRA in as our friends in this policy. That, to me, sounds like somebody who doesn't understand what we need to do. That, to me, sounds like somebody who does not want to do what we need to do to keep the kids of this country safe. That, to me, does not sounds like somebody who wants me to send my kid back to school and know he's going to be safe. The NRA does not have my kid's best interest at heart -- I'm certain of that."
Guttenberg memorably and emotionally confronted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) during a CNN town hall on gun safety, and he said he was disturbed by statements made last week by NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre and spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
"It bothered me all weekend, (but) it hit me this weekend," Guttenberg said. "What you need to know about me is about 15 to 20 years ago, I used to work in the world of pharmaceuticals, specifically in the area of mental health. I called on doctors with an antipsychotic. I used to listen to patients talk about their delusions, their hallucinations, and their paranoid behavior."
"The language -- and I'm not a doctor here and I'm not diagnosing anybody -- but the language that was used and is used by this group sounds an awful lot like those patients that I used to listen to, they speak some scary language," Guttenberg continued. "I will not embrace them, and please don't ask me to. We need to stop them. We need to stop their role in policy. We need to reach out to every single company that gives them the money to have power over our elected officials."