Javier Manjarres, who is currently running for office in Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, attacked Fred Guttenberg on Twitter, by saying that his daughter, 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg, was “shot by some lunatic who had an AR-15, not by the gun itself.”
I would show this to my kid, but she is dead. She was shot by an AR 15 on Valentines day. I am sure you meant for your tweet to be cute, but it is just another example of your inability to say or do the right thing. https://t.co/sRP2WiFLnC
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 4, 2018
Manjarres was replying to a tweet by Guttenberg, which was in response to a tweet by former infomercial queen turned NRA mouthpiece Dana Loesch:
C’mon Fred. I can’t only imagine the pain you are feeling over the loss of your daughter, but stop exploiting her death in the name of some political agenda. Your daughter was shot by some lunatic who had an AR-15, not by the gun itself. #Fixit #VoteJavi
— Javier Manjarres (@VoteJavi) July 6, 2018
Guttenberg’s response to Manjarres was swift.
The new tactic of the gun lobby, even the irresponsible people running for congress, is to accuse me of exploiting my daughter. I will always fight for her memory and to change what was done. You cannot imagine my pain, and so don’t include that lie. My agenda is gun safety. https://t.co/NcWsb0es24
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 6, 2018
Javier Manjarres replied: “I’m truly sorry if my statement sounded insensitive to you and scratched at your loss,” he tweeted. “Again, we are all sorry for your loss, but you appear to be focusing on the gun, hence leaving many Americans to believe that you are exploiting it. That’s all. Let’s #Fixit”
#Fixit seems to be this man’s #MAGA, but it seems unlikely he will given the opportunity to make Florida’s 22nd Congressional district great again… since that district contains Parkland.