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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 PelosiAgainst mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan Charles Booker launches exploratory committee to consider challenge to Rand Paul Top academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act 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 opens probe into Tom Reed over sexual misconduct allegations Biden clean electricity standard faces high hurdles House Democrats introduce carbon pricing measure 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 SwalwellMeghan McCain calls on Gaetz to resign Gaetz, on the ropes, finds few friends in GOP GOP leader says Gaetz would lose committee seat if charges true 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."