MSNBC's Ruhle Hypes Op-Ed by Gun Control Activist


STEPHANIE RUHLE: It has now been just 12 days since that latest school shooting, and classes will resume on Monday. And it has been almost two years since a former student opened fire in Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida -- the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history. where 17 people were killed and 17 others were injured. Now, the father of one of those victims is speaking out in a scathing new op-ed directed at President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.


RUHLE: Fred, your daughter, Jaime, was just 14 years old -- a dancer, a student -- when she was killed. What do you make of the changes in gun legislation in the last two years?

FRED GUTTENBERG, GUN CONTROL ACTIVIST: You know, I'm glad you distinguish between what's happening nationally and locally because you have mayors, governors, and state attorneys general across this country who are doing amazing, heroic things. You have businesses who are doing amazing, heroic things. Ed Stack of Dick's Sporting Goods is my hero. However, you also have Washington, D.C., and what's happening in Washington is the House of Representative under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi and some really heroic people in the House have gone ahead and passed legislation -- legislation that, if enacted into law, will start saving lives immediately.

And, sadly, Mitch McConnell and the current occupant of the White House are standing on it. They will not allow anything to go forward, and so it puts everything at a standstill, And what they do is it's worse than doing nothing because then they take that and they act as if they're doing something and the House of Representatives isn't. And that's the ultimate lie. And I will tell you, this next election can't come soon enough..

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