Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting earlier this year, took aim at incoming National Rifle Association (NRA) President Oliver North for comparing gun control activists to terrorists.
"Less than three months ago, I was a normal Parkland parent who had two kids," Guttenberg told Newsweek in an interview. "Now I have one. The only thing I have done is exercise my right to fight for my family’s safety. No cyber warfare. No nothing. We’ve just effectively utilized facebook and twitter to drive a message. If I’m not mistaken, we have a presidential administration that did the same thing."
"We’re not criminal civil terrorists. We're people with a broken heart. But the NRA and people like Oliver North, to them, it’s a job. They could retire and go on with their life. I can't, because my daughter isn't here," he added.
His comments come after North said on Wednesday that the NRA has been a victim of "civil terrorism" by political opponents.
"They call them activists. That’s what they’re calling themselves. They’re not activists — this is civil terrorism. This is the kind of thing that’s never been seen against a civil rights organization in America," North told The Washington Times.
"You go back to the terrible days of Jim Crow and those kinds of things — even there you didn’t have this kind of thing," he added, referring to laws that enforced racial segregation throughout much of the 20th century. “We didn’t have the cyberwar kind of thing that we’ve got today."
The NRA has been an even more acute target of protests in the months since 17 students were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. Student survivors have led demonstrations on the national stage in efforts to fight for tighter gun control laws.