Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in February's massacre at Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School, eviscerated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Twitter Tuesday afternoon after McConnell said there isn't much the federal government can do to prevent school shootings.
Speaking to community leaders in his home state of Kentucky on Tuesday, McConnell said:
“I don’t think at the federal level there’s much that we can do other than appropriate funds."
In his blistering response, Guttenberg tweeted that McConnell is "demonstrably wrong" about the government's ability to curb gun violence, and closesd his tweet with a clear message for McConnell: "YOU SHOULD RESIGN."
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, you are demonstrably wrong. You are either lazy, do not care, or simply evil. Yo… https://t.co/gYsoevBvca— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg) 1530647024.0
Twitter flooded with support for the bereaved father, who has become one of the most vocal proponents of gun control following the Valentine's Day shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 students and teachers dead and 17 others injured.
One person echoed the sentiment that McConnell is "evil in particular," and it's "what he enjoys being most."
@fred_guttenberg He's all of the above, but evil in particular. That's what he enjoys being the most.— AMC (@AMC) 1530647189.0
Another follower said that McConnell simply doesn't want to "let go of the blood money he gets from the NRA."
@fred_guttenberg He's not willing to let go of the blood money he gets from the NRA. End of story.— Rita's Rescues (@Rita's Rescues) 1530647967.0
@fred_guttenberg I think what @SenMajLdr McConnell means is that not much he can do without offending his donors.— Paul Wermer (@Paul Wermer) 1530647700.0
@fred_guttenberg What he means is there "isnt much the federal government WILL do" to prevent school shootings! He'… https://t.co/NXUq8jmSrl— Dana Adams (@Dana Adams) 1530647790.0
"The SCOTUS-seat stealing fool needs to go."
@fred_guttenberg This NRA-loving , SCOTUS-seat-stealing fool needs to go. Completely unacceptable for any member of… https://t.co/wMGbTZzolK— Lisa Balbone FX (@Lisa Balbone FX) 1530648982.0
One user noted that "Congress CAN pass universal background checks which virtually all Americans support but he won’t even do that."
@fred_guttenberg Congress CAN pass universal background checks which virtually all Americans support but he won’t even do that.— Nancy ☀️🌴🌊 (@Nancy ☀️🌴🌊) 1530648873.0
Indeed, McConnell's campaign coffers enjoy a sizeable cushion of money that has flowed from the nation's largest gun lobby. Over the course of his political career, McConnell has received $1,261,874 in contributions from the NRA.
“I don’t think at the federal level there’s much that we can do other than appropriate funds,” McConnell said at an event on Tuesday. He added that gun safety measures are "basically a local decision."
You would think, given how much it takes to get on an American plane or given how much it takes to get into courthouses, that this might be something that we could achieve, but I don’t think we could do that from Washington, I think it’s basically a local decision.
“It’s a darn shame that’s where we are, but this epidemic is something that’s got all of our attention,” he added. “And I know it’s got the attention of every school superintendent in the country."