Parents of three students killed in Parkland shooting to attend State of the Union

Parents of three students killed in Parkland shooting to attend State of the Union
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Parents of three students killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., last year will attend the State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Fred Guttenberg will be a guest of House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win Congress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks MORE (D-Calif.), Andrew Pollack will be a guest of Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Manuel Oliver will be a guest of Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchHouse panel advances bill to expand background checks for gun sales Whitaker takes grilling from House lawmakers Parkland father on Gaetz advocating for border wall in gun violence hearing: 'Pretty offensive' MORE (D-Fla.).

“Tonight, gun safety will be front and center at the State Of The Union,” tweeted Guttenberg, who lost his daughter Jaime Guttenberg, 14, in the shooting.

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“Victims of gun violence will be represented by the House, the Senate and invited by Republicans and Democrats. We may not all agree on a path forward, but we are all fighting for a safer America.” 

Guttenberg supports stricter gun control and has advocated for provisions like universal background checks.

Pollack, who lost his daughter Meadow Pollack, 18, is a conservative activist who has advocated for greater accountability from the school district and better school security.

“Since the shooting in Parkland last year, I have gotten to know @AndrewPollackFL and his family, and I have been humbled to see their dedication to improving our state in honor of his daughter, Meadow,” Scott tweeted Monday. “I’m honored to have him as my guest at the #SOTU tomorrow night.” 

Oliver, who lost his son Joaquin Oliver, 17, in the shooting, also supports stricter gun control.

"I'll be at the sotu tomorrow. I wonder if Trump will address the real national emergency—the 40k gun deaths that take innocent lives like my son, Joaquin’s #SOTU2019," he tweeted on Monday. 

Parkland is part of Deutch's district. Following the shooting, he was particularly vocal about gun reform. 

Shooting survivor Cameron Kasky, 18, will also attend the speech as a guest of Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDemocratic donors stuck in shopping phase of primary Five takeaways from acting AG's fiery House hearing Top Judiciary Republican to Swalwell: 'Stop running for president' MORE (D-Calif.). 

“In the face of unimaginable tragedy, Cameron Kasky has shown remarkable strength,” Swalwell said in a statement Friday. “He stands at the forefront of the fight for action to address gun violence."