Parkland Father Reminds Kavanaugh What It Really Means To Have 'Your Life and Family Ruined'

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the Majory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, Florida last year, pushed back on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s statements that his family has been “destroyed” by the sexual assault allegations that have risen against him. Guttenberg has been an outspoken critic of Kavanaugh, especially regarding his views on gun control. Guttenberg even showed up to one of Kavanaugh’s hearings and attempted to introduce himself to the judge, who walked away from him. According to Vox, Kavanaugh said during one of his hearings that semi-automatic rifles “have not traditionally been banned and are in common use by law-abiding citizens for self-defense in the home, hunting, and other lawful uses.” Guttenberg’s daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting with an AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle.

Kavanaugh addressed the effect that the accusations had on his family four times in his opening statement:

  • “Unfortunately, it took the committee ten days to get to this hearing and those ten long days as was predictable and as I predicted my family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations.”
  • “The ten-day delay has been harmful to me and my family, to the supreme court and to the country.”
  • “Millions of Americans listen carefully to you given comments like those, is it any surprise that people have been willing to do anything to make any physical threat against my family, to send any violent email to my wife, to make any kind of allegations against me and against my friends, to blow me up and take me down.”
  • “This has destroyed my family and my good name. A good name built up through decades of very hard work and public service at the highest levels of the American government.”

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