Fred Guttenberg gave testimony to U.S. Senate Democrats in Washington, D.C., in the wake of his daughter Jamie’s death at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. His anger was palpable as he pivoted to describe the NRA’s recently released videos, described here by Nicole Guadiano of USA Today:
National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch is (ambiguously) threatening journalists, Hollywood and athletes — with a big hourglass.
In an ad for her new NRA TV show, Loesch calls out “every lying member of the media,” every “Hollywood phony,” “athletes who use their free speech to alter and undermine what our flag represents,” and politicians “who would rather watch America burn than lose one ounce of their power.”
The list goes on, with specific mentions of newspapers and broadcasters. Ominous guitar music plays.
Enter the hourglass.
“Listen up! Your time is running out…The clock starts now,” she says, flipping the hourglass on a table, in front of a black background.
Guttenberg angrily asked the senators and the gathered media what the reaction would be if this video were released by a terrorist organization. Watch the video below:
Father of Parkland victim slams NRA videos:
“If this was put out by a terrorist organization, we would be raising the terror threat level in this country. Why are we letting this lobby have anything to do with DC? I don’t understand it!” https://t.co/9eh7udBMsx pic.twitter.com/FZeTqvTRmK
Ã¢ÂÂ ABC News (@ABC) March 7, 2018
Like the survivors, Fred Guttenberg is not going away. David Hogg, one of the most outspoken survivors of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, also gave testimony via Skype. From the Miami Herald:
David Hogg, a Parkland student who has become one of the most prominent national voices opposing gun violence in recent weeks, joined the hearing via Skype. He laid out a five-point legislative plan he says will decrease the chances of a future mass school shooting: allowing the federal government to research gun violence, digitizing records of gun sales, establishing universal background checks on all gun purchases, banning high-capacity magazines and banning assault-style weapons.
“Now is the time we need to take action, because how many more children need to be slaughtered?” Hogg said.