While Brett Kavanaugh's drinking habits have been the topic of national conversation, another parent's words for him are particularly sobering.
The eyes of all Americans were on an emotional Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified regarding the sexual assault allegations against him. Emotions were high and tempers were flaring, especially from Kavanaugh's statements, in which he frequently claimed his life had been ruined and that the last two weeks for him had been "hell and then some."
Now, Fred Guttenberg--whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year--is reminding Kavanaugh just what hell is.
Justice Kavanaugh your life and family are not ruined. Try having a child murdered by a weapon that you refer to a… https://t.co/AERuw48fjs— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg)1538092541.0
Judge Kavanaugh, I listened to you talk of your life being ruined. It is not. I listened to you turn yourself into… https://t.co/g1fpMSffJO— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg)1538108763.0
After Kavanaugh's exasperating testimony, in which he berated Senators and attacked the "frenzy on the left," Twitter users thought Guttenberg's analysis was spot on.
@fred_guttenberg I have so much respect for you @fred_guttenberg. What you said here is absolutely correct. I’m so… https://t.co/oKvl5yexNj— PLS578 (@PLS578)1538092810.0
@fred_guttenberg @50thand8th That’s right Fred!!!!! What an insult to real trauma survivors like you, and me. I wis… https://t.co/PVjcO7jqag— Amber Starr 🧡 GV Survivor (@Amber Starr 🧡 GV Survivor)1538092848.0
@fred_guttenberg His hours-long temper tantrum was positively Trump-esque, and all I needed to see to know he’s unf… https://t.co/h8idZUtKKW— Amber Starr 🧡 GV Survivor (@Amber Starr 🧡 GV Survivor)1538110646.0
@fred_guttenberg This is everything Fred. Thinking of you and your family. I will keep fighting in your daughter’s honor.— Cara Jacob (@Cara Jacob)1538092785.0
Guttenberg's Twitter bio states:
My daughter is Jaime Guttenberg. She was murdered in Parkland Florida on February 14, 2018. I will dedicate the rest of my life to the cause of gun safety.
Guttenberg and Kavanaugh made headlines together on the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings earlier this month when Guttenberg introduced himself and told Kavanaugh of his daughter's murder right before a break. Kavanaugh appeared to refuse his handshake and later in the hearings, defended the ownership of assault weapons because "they're widely possessed in the United States."
Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) on guns: "Common use is an activity. It's not common storage or possession. It's use. So what… https://t.co/4YsMArVLmA— CBS Evening News (@CBS Evening News)1536157343.0
Guttenberg isn't the only one affected by the Stoneman Douglas shooting to speak out against Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Many of the young survivors of the massacre are using their voices to urge the Senate to vote no or at least investigate the claims.
Lisa Murkowski 202-224-6665 Susan Collins: 202-224-2523 Bob Corker: 202-224-3344 Jeff Flake: 202-224-4521 https://t.co/OWuXyqJh1i— David Hogg text VOTE to 954-954 (@David Hogg text VOTE to 954-954)1538142187.0
The fact that he people act like it’s hard not to rape someone because “boys will be boys” is completely wrong.— David Hogg text VOTE to 954-954 (@David Hogg text VOTE to 954-954)1538065719.0
Pictures that tell a story. #IBelieveHer https://t.co/gu3gVLLFF5— Jaclyn Corin (@Jaclyn Corin)1538131253.0
Quite a few, actually. This is not the rhetoric to use here. This is just gross https://t.co/m2OGSue5gc— Cameron Kasky (@Cameron Kasky)1537652623.0
Many were frustrated that Kavanaugh frequently complained that his life had been ruined while refusing to acknowledge the same for Dr. Ford, whose family has had to go into hiding, employ security guards, as well as fend off threats and vile insults.
For all of the wailing and tending of garments about ruining Kavanaugh’s life there is no discussion of Dr. Ford’s… https://t.co/DFOhYsinYZ— radical bureaucrat (@radical bureaucrat)1538133527.0
Brett Kavanaugh's life will not be ruined after today, whether or not he goes on to become a Supreme Court Justice.… https://t.co/QPzXXSknCS— Verónica Bayetti Flores (@Verónica Bayetti Flores)1538063923.0
Kavanaugh said his life was ruined. Good. Now you know how Dr. Ford felt.— ImaTalking (@ImaTalking)1538128055.0
Hey @LindseyGrahamSC, being on the DC Circuit instead of the Supreme Court isn’t ruining Brett Kavanaugh’s life. Yo… https://t.co/K8p72KRuD6— Miranda Yaver (@Miranda Yaver)1537756956.0
With once-possible committee swing vote Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) confirming he'll vote to advance Kavanaugh to a final confirmation in the senate, it's doubtful that Guttenberg will relent in his opposition to the nomination, and certain he won't stop fighting for sensible gun laws.