Three fathers of children killed in the Parkland school shooting tragedy will attend Tuesday’s State of the Union address as guests of Congress members of different parties and chambers.
Andy Pollack is the invited guest of Republican Sen. Rick Scott. Pollack worked closely with then-Gov. Scott to pass new gun restrictions and school safety legislation after his 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, was one of the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year.
“My daughter gives me the strength to keep fighting every day for what is right – and that’s protecting our kids and teachers in school,” Pollack said. "I’m proud to join Senator Scott at the State of the Union, and I look forward to working with him to secure every school in America so no family has to experience the same tragedy as mine.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Ted Deutch, a Boca Raton Democrat, has invited Manny Oliver to hear President Donald Trump’s speech. Oliver started the non-profit organization Change the Ref in honor of his son, Joaquin, who was 17-years-old at the time of the shooting. Change the Ref’s mission is to embolden future leaders and give them the tools to create change.
“I look forward to listening for and hoping that the President will address the 40,000 gun deaths that steal the lives of so many Americans, including children like my son Joaquin," Oliver said. "To date, we are disappointed by the President’s position on ending gun violence and changing the national control of the irresponsible gun culture.”
Fred Guttenberg will also attend as the guest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Guttenberg has been an outspoken advocate for gun safety after losing his daughter, Jamie, in the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting.