The dad of one of the victims of the Parkland school shooting is sending out a vitally important Father’s Day message this year.
Fred Guttenberg’s 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year. Since then, Fred has been an outspoken advocate for gun control.
“Every time one of these incidents happens, the conversation afterwards is always way too polite, way too comfortable, and way too temporary,” Fred said in March. “I will always be respectful … [but] I’m not going away. This will not be temporary.”
Father’s Day this year has been a particularly heartbreaking occasion for Fred and all of the other families whose lives were forever altered by the Parkland shooting. In a message to his followers, Fred explained that this Father’s Day, he would be celebrating his kids rather than himself.
Fred then encouraged others to focus on supporting gun control policies in the November midterms as opposed to sending him Father’s Day messages.
#OrangeWaveInNovember and “voting orange” are references to “Orange Ribbons For Jaime,” a 501(C)(3) founded by Jaime’s family which endeavors to donate to causes that the teen supported in her life, as well as supporting gun control initiatives.
According to the foundation’s website:
Jaime’s favorite color was orange. Her dance studio friends who loved her very much decided to honor her memory by wearing orange ribbons. Because of Jaime’s love of dance and the dance worlds love of Jaime, the orange ribbon spread through dance studios around the nation and the world and through Broadway in New York. About 2 weeks after Jaime was murdered, we learned that orange also happens to be the universal color of the gun safety movement. With that, our hope is to make the Orange Ribbon the symbol of the gun safety movement.
Fred then posted a beautiful and poignant photo of Jaime dancing as a reminder of the huge loss the Guttenberg family suffered as a result of the country’s lax gun policies.
“#OrangeWaveInNovember is now in the top 100 trending topics on Twitter,” Fred posted after his Twitter thread went viral. “Thank you America for your commitment to gun safety. We will vote and we will get this done.”