Rep. Matt Gaetz clashes with parent of school shooting victim, then tries to have him thrown out of hearing on gun violence.

By |2019-02-07T05:46:05-08:00February 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |13 Comments

Courtesy of HuffPo:

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) lashed out Wednesday at a parent of one of the victims of last year’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, in an attempt to eject him from the U.S. House chambers for speaking out of turn.

Gaetz drew complaints from the audience as he tried to argue that violence caused by undocumented immigrants is worse than the toll of gun violence in the United States (guns killed 40,000 people last year, compared with one rough estimate of 400 homicides attributed to illegal immigrants). Gaetz said that funding a border wall would help curb both problems. He was speaking at a hearing on House Resolution 8, which would require a background check for every firearm sale.

“I hope that we’ll deal with all the drivers of violence,” he said. “The greatest driver of violence — in the circumstances that I indicated — was not the firearm. It’s the fact that we have an immigration system that allows people to come here violently …”

He was cut off by shouts and grumbles from the audience, but one voice in particular rose above the rest: That of Manuel Oliver, father of Joaquin Oliver, who was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018. He sat next to Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was also killed in the shooting, as they aired their displeasure at Gaetz’s comments.

“Manny stood up and said, ‘That’s a lie. That’s not true,’ and I yelled out that our children were killed by an American male,” Guttenberg told HuffPost. “Mr. Gaetz didn’t care for the truth and made an inquiry to see if we could be kicked out.”

In a fit of frustration, Gaetz pointed his finger directly at Oliver as he inquired whether House Judiciary Chair Jarrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) could eject him from the hearing.

It needs to be pointed out that this is the first Congressional hearing on gun violence since not only the Parkland school shooting, but also the Sandy Hook school shootings and all of the mass shootings in between, and that not one of them was caused by an illegal immigrant. 

What Rep. Gaetz said is not only completely false but it is disrespectful to the families of the those killed in these mass shootings. 

And then to try and have this grieving father thrown out is just despicable. 

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  1. puck February 7, 2019 at 11:32 am

    no one deserves that kind of treatment-it’s so clear that trump and his brain washed slaves are completely wrong. psychopaths in office who care about nothing but what they can get. i’m getting so sick of it.

  2. Beaglemom February 7, 2019 at 11:35 am

    i think that both Mr. Guttenberg and Mr. Oliver have every right to be at that hearing. I hope that they get to testify. And I hope that the GOP jerk who is so offended by grieving parents of dead children would keep quiet and listen for a change. Gun violence in the US is largely brought to us by the NRA and their close pals, the GOP. An honest debate about gun violence is long overdue in Washington. It’s a “made in the USA” problem that Congress has got to tackle. We sure know the White House under Don the Con won’t.

  3. Anonymous in Chicago February 7, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Check out Rep. Matt Gaetz official website. This is what this clown is all about:

    He believes “Stand Your Ground” laws are common sense. Gaetz lists himself as a lifetime member of the NRA – bought and paid for by the NRA no doubt. “He is a prominent voice for uncovering corruption in the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” Another Trump lackey. In other words, he is another Tucker Carlson dick from the panhandle of Florida.

    I hope Mr. Oliver and Mr.Guttenberg, also Florida residents but outside Gaetz’ district, will start a campaign to get this clown voted out of office in the next election.

    • Beaglemom February 7, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      How much Russian money was distributed to Gaetz during recent elections? After the NRA money laundering for Russia in order to feed GOP campaigns was exposed, a large sporting goods store (let’s face it, 90% guns) in our area raised an enormous out-of-scale American flag in the parking lot. The flag that’s flying there is a literal insult to the real American flag and proof that the store owners are doubling down on their “patriotic” vibes.

  4. Anonymous February 7, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    OT-FYI @dermotcolejournalist
    “Employees of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute are saying that Gov. Mike Dunleavy is about to privatize the institution, declaring an emergency.
    A representative of a private company has been on the scene.
    There are reports that the Dunleavy administration is going to call for a sole-source contract. The crisis has been made worse by the lack of management and leadership.”

  5. anónimo February 7, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    ” in July, after full-scale family separations were short-circuited by executive order and the courts, that he had warned the administration how badly family separations would go.” “As White testified, “Separating children from their parents poses significant risk of traumatic psychological injury to the child.” He also said that for many children that trauma would be “lifelong,” even if the government is able to reunite them with their parents.” “[I warned] that this would be inconsistent with our legal requirement to act in the best interest of the child and would expose children to an unnecessary risk of harm,”
    “The ACLU is currently involved in court proceedings that are looking to clarify what the current separation policies are and what happened to those potentially thousands of still unidentified separated children.

    The next step for Congress, in the meantime, is to continue conducting its own inquiries. Rep. Frank Pallone has already asked for White’s memos warning the Trump administration against child separation, and White promised on Thursday “HHS is going to fully honor your requests.” If that request is not honored, though, the committee has the power and obligation to subpoena those documents.”

  6. anon February 7, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Ann Coulter still bashes the 9/11 widows. Its so fucking revolting. She lost all “entertainment” value when she started that. The wall will be of no use with her on this side of it. Fuck that bitch. Unforgivable.

    Anns response? A rebuttal of course. No empathy.

  7. anon February 7, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    It all starts with the error of a separate god, seen as a noun, in the form of a human man that gives a tangible salvation to those that have denied life itself while alive on earth.

    The TOXIC SHAME is what binds people. It masks the nature of things. The ENTIRE system of Christianity, taken literally, is a system of toxic shame.

    • Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 3:08 am

      yup. And it is all a lie!!

  8. Beaglemom February 8, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Last evening I watched an HBO documentary (30 min.) called “Song of Parkland” about the early healing process in the class of the dramatic arts’ teacher at the Parkland school. Both the students and their teacher shone throughout and the film showed the incredible potential that public education can have for the present and the future. If you have a chance to see it, be sure to. When right-wing politicians and pundits mocked and denigrated the efforts of the surviving students and their families to combat gun violence, many of us were horrified because the rest of us knew that those survivors were the one shining light in this shameful gun violence mess here in this country. Gaetz and his ilk in Congress have got to go: vote them out. It’s way past time.

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