The State of the Union is supposed to be a solemn occasion. After all, it was a big scandal when Joe Wilson shouted “You lie!” at President Obama, thus undermining that solemnity. At least, that’s what the media made everything out to be at the time. We were told that was completely inappropriate and that Wilson should have been ashamed of himself.
Meanwhile, at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, someone else opted to be disruptive during the address. This time, of course, it’s perfect acceptable to be disruptive.
The hashtag #ImWithFred was trending on Twitter into the early hours of Wednesday, after security removed anti-gun violence activist Fred Guttenberg from the State of the Union (SOTU) on Tuesday night.
Guttenberg’s daughter, Jamie Guttenberg, was killed during the Parkland shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, in 2018.
Guttenberg now campaigns for gun safety through the organization Orange Ribbons for Jaime, which honors his daughter by supporting causes important to her and pushing for gun safety measures, and had been invited to the event by House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi.
Security escorted him from the chamber after he was heard shouting “What about my daughter!” in response to Trump’s comments about the Second Amendment being “under siege,” Newsweek previously reported.
“So long as I am president I will always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Trump said.
In response to the night’s events, Guttenberg tweeted:
“Tonight was a rough night. I disrupted the State Of The Union and was detained because I let my emotions get the best of me. I simply want to be able to deal with the reality of gun violence and not have to listen to the lies about the 2A as happened tonight.”
What lies, though?
The Second Amendment is under attack, and it’s under attack by people like Fred Guttenberg and the dipsticks that invited him. They want to add further infringements on our Second Amendment rights after what happened to Fred’s daughter, at Parkland. They want to take people’s guns without due process, limit what we can buy, bar certain legal and lawful adults from buying any gun, and things of that sort. These are all limits on a right the Constitution explicitly says “shall not be infringed.”
I’m sorry, but that sure looks like “under attack” to me and millions of other Americans.
But Fred Guttenberg not only doesn’t see that, he pathologically can’t see it from what I’ve seen of him. Now, I can’t even imagine what it must be like to lose a child, especially to something like this, but Guttenberg needs to get psychological help.
Look, I’m annoyed by people like David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Gabby Giffords, and others who use the personal tragedies to try to take away my rights, but they’re all a damn sight better than Guttenberg. They’re at least advocating for changes in the law and things of that sort. Guttenberg’s activism appears to be little more than him making an ass of himself with stunts like this or trying to force Brett Kavanaugh to shake his hand. He’s a petulant child masquerading himself as an activist.
Meanwhile, the very people who took issue with Wilson are celebrating Guttenberg’s behavior. When Joe Wilson made his outburst, he was made to apologize. When Fred Gutenberg made his, he got a Twitter hashtag.