Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellWATCH: Dem Rep presses to change ‘conversation’ on guns Lawmakers trade barbs, torch Trump at DC soiree Keep wildlife off Endangered List with proactive conservation funding MORE (D-Mich.) shared an emotional plea for gun control on Friday, recalling times she had to hide in a closet with her siblings when her "father was out of control with a gun." 

Dingell, a co-chair on the bipartisan working group on the response to the deadly Parkland, Fla. shooting last month, recalled on CNN's "New Day" the times she had to protect her family from her drug-addicted father. 

"I've always said my father shouldn't have had a gun," she said. "It's hard still for me to talk about, but I more than once had to hide in the closet with my siblings when my father was out of control and had a gun."


Dingell, who has previously introduced legislation aimed at stopping convicted domestic abusers from purchasing firearms, said, "I literally kept him from killing my mother."

"He shouldn't have had a gun. In those days we didn't know what domestic violence was," she added. "But I have frequently said, how do we keep guns out of the hands that shouldn't have them? My father shouldn't have had a gun." 

Dingell is working with Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonDem shares emotional plea for gun control: I had to hide when my ‘father was out of control with a gun’ Week ahead: Lawmakers put spotlight on energy infrastructure 10 Senate Democrats are up for reelection in Trump country MORE (R-Mich.) in the working group to find solutions to reduce gun violence after 17 people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.