by: Mark Moore
The father of a victim of the Parkland, Fla., shooting called remarks by Texas’ lieutenant governor downplaying the need for stricter gun control “idiotic” and said he should be removed from office for not protecting the state’s citizens.
“I think those are the most idiotic comments I’ve ever heard regarding gun safety,” Fred Guttenberg said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
“Let me be clear, he should be removed from office for his failure to protect the citizens of Texas,” said Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg was among the 17 killed in February’s shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. “For that man to make those moronic comments? Unacceptable.”
His comments come just after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s earlier appearance on the ABC show when he blamed Friday’s shooting that killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School on the person carrying out the violence – not on the weapons themselves.
“It’s not about the guns it’s about us,” Patrick said, putting the blame on the prevalence of violence in movies and video games.
“Gun control I believe starts at home,” he added. “Every person who owns a gun must be accountable for the guns at home.”
Patrick also said he supports doing more to protect schools, including the possibility of arming teachers.
“We have our schools that are not hard targets. We’ve done a good job since 9/11 of protecting government buildings, and airports, and private buildings, but we have not done anything to harden the target at our schools,” he said.
“We still have this gun debate … of whether or not teachers should be armed or not,” he continued. “I believe, and the parents of the students I’ve talked to in Santa Fe since Friday, believe they should be.”
Dimitrios Pagourtzis admitted carrying out the carnage at the Texas school, using a Remington 870 shotgun and a .38-caliber pistol belonging to his father.