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 PelosiDemocrats sharpen their message on impeachment Congress hunts for path out of spending stalemate Siren song of impeachment lures Democrats toward election doom 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 DeutchOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation Bipartisan Senate climate caucus grows by six members 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 SwalwellDemocrats sharpen their message on impeachment Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Republicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry 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."