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Parkland Shooting Victims' Parents to Attend Trump's State of the Union

Three parents of Parkland shooting victims will attend President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, The Sun-Sentinel reports. Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter—Jaime—was killed in the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, will reportedly be a guest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “First and most importantly, I want [Trump] to mention the gun in gun violence,” he told The Daily Beast. “...I simply want him to acknowledge that we need to do more and that as a start he will meet with me or other gun safety advocates.” Joining Guttenberg at the SOTU are Andrew Pollack and Manuel Oliver—reportedly guests of Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), respectively. Pollack has reportedly been an advocate of “stronger school security and accountability” among local officials after the death of his daughter, Meadow. According to the newspaper, Oliver started a gun safety-focused organization called Change The Ref in memory of his son, Joaquin. Cameron Kasky, Parkland survivor and co-founder of March for Our Lives, will also attend as a guest of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA).