Parkland Victim’s Father Sends Strong Message to Dems Not to Use Shooting to Push Gun Control

October 20, 2018 Updated: October 20, 2018

The father of a victim of the Parkland school shooting told Democrats trying to use the shooting to push a gun control agenda to “go to [expletive].”

Andrew Pollack sent a tweet aimed at Democrats before the elections next month. The tweet is aimed at top Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who hopes Democrats will win a majority in the House in November. Pollack isn’t looking forward to that outcome.

“What/who failed my daughter: Dem policies, Dem Sheriff, Dem Super intendant, Dem school board, Dem teachers union. Now Nancy Pelosi is saying that if the Dems take back the House they will take away guns to honor Parkland victims. From a victims dad, go to [expletive] Dems #FixIt,” wrote Pollack.

Andrew Pollack’s 18-year-old daughter was killed in the Parkland school shooting at Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, The Western Journal reported.

The shooter, Nikolas Cruz, 19, at the time, killed 17 people. Cruz was not attending the school at the time. He left in 2017 for an alternative learning center, the Miami Herald reported.

Nancy Pelosi met with parents from Parkland on Oct. 17. She used the opportunity to channel the emotions surrounding the tragedy into a political strategy. She and other Democrats used the meeting to push gun control, the Miami Herald reported.

“If @NancyPelosi wants to discuss tightening background checks she should look at what allowed my daughter’s killer to PASS his. Failed Obama era leniency policies initiated by @RobertwRuncie,under reporting and inaction by @browardsheriff and FBI.#fixit,” Pollack also tweeted.

Tragedy and Political Opportunists

Pollack did speak out when he felt the Parkland shooting was being used for political maneuvering. He aimed a tweet at another Parkland father who tried to shake Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s hand at his confirmation hearing. Fred Guttenberg tweeted that Kavanaugh didn’t shake his hand and that he “did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence.”

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said that Kavanaugh didn’t shake his hand because of actions by security personnel. Guttenberg was invited to the confirmation by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), The Sun Sentinel reported.

Pollack aimed a tweet at Guttenberg afterward.

“Judge Kavanaugh was not responsible for the Parkland school shooting that killed my daughter. @RobertwRuncie, FBI, and Sheriff Israel are. Judge Kavanaugh is a decent man and should be confirmed. Stop weaponizing Parkland to advance a dangerous political agenda!”

Feinstein sent a tweet hours later explaining why she invited Guttenberg.

“I invited @Fred_Guttenberg to sit in the audience at today’s hearing because the Supreme Court affects the lives of real people. He knows firsthand how Brett Kavanaugh’s extreme views on guns could lead to more massacres. Thank you Fred, for honoring your daughter.”

Guttenberg was also at the meeting in Florida with Pelosi, also conflating the cause of Parkland with nationwide gun laws and then helming Democrats as the solution, to the delight of the Democratic politicians who organized the event.

The Parkland shooter confided in a 13-year-old girl that he met online before the tragedy.

“He was angry at the school because he got bullied a lot,” the girl told a sheriff’s office detective, according to the Miami Herald. “He said he was, like, pushed around and beat up some time. … He said it made him feel very, like, sad and that he hated the school because of it.”