Dad Of Parkland Victim Celebrates Daughter's Life And Calls For Gun Reform

"[...] do not tell us you are thinking about us, tell us that you will vote for common sense gun safety."

On February 14, 2018, Jaime Guttenberg, and 16 other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, lost their lives when a former student gunned them down in Parkland, Fla. 

Jaime's father, Fred Guttenberg, took to Twitter on July 13 to celebrate what would have been his daughter's 15th birthday, but to also call attention to gun violence and the need for gun reform — a message that's relevant every day of the year until changes are made. 

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He began the Twitter thread wishing his daughter a happy birthday and explaining what he thought she would be doing today, and what the family will do to remember her. "Today, Jaime is still 14," he writes. "She will be 14 forever. Because of gun violence, we will not be celebrating." 

According to Amnesty International, gun violence is an epidemic, with 30,000 Americans killed with guns each year.  Jaime's father ends his birthday message noting that gun violence is preventable. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAIME. Mommy, Jesse, and I love you and miss you every second of every day. Our world is forever changed and I will not stop fighting for you." 

He calls attention to , which is meant to honor his daughter "by supporting programs that were important to her, as well as those dedicated to pursuing common sense gun safety reforms."

Other family members and classmates are also sharing their stories of Jaime in honor of her birthday, and her mom, Jennifer Bloom Guttenberg, shared a post on Facebook, echoing the words of her husband. 

Siblings and friends shared personal thoughts and tributes, and also took the opportunity to call for gun reform.

Others visited Jaime's grave on July 14, which marked five months since the shooting.

"This is a reminder that my family and16 others will be going to a cemetery today and missing their loved ones. When you think of that fact, please do not tell us you are thinking about us, tell us that you will vote for common sense gun safety." 

People can get involved in remembering Jaime and calling for gun reform by supporting Orange Ribbons for Jaime.  

(H/T: Scary Mommy)

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