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US News Ryan Petty Lost His Daughter In The Parkland Shooting. In That Loss, He Gained a Mission.

11:10  06 march  2018
11:10  06 march  2018 Source:   thedailybeast.com

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In That Loss , He Gained a Mission . Ryan Petty never expected to be involved in one of the most contentious gun control debates in American history. But, then again, he never imagined that his daughter would be killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

Full text of Petty ’s remarks at the press conference, as prepared for delivery: Good afternoon, my name is Ryan Petty . I lost my daughter in the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Connection Between the Parkland Shooting and Obama Administration Policies.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Joe Raedle/Getty Ryan Petty never expected to be involved in one of the most contentious gun control debates in American history. But, then again, he never imagined that his daughter would be killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month. Alaina JoAnn Petty was only 14 years old. Now, her death is driving her father to chart a “middle way” through this highly polarized issue during the  final whirlwind days of Florida’s legislative session. His goal is to make sure that Alaina’s legacy is remembered as one not of tragedy, but of hope, service, and love.

Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Madisyn Coles views memorials on a fence surrounding the school in Parkland, Florida, U.S., February 23, 2018 © Catalyst Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Madisyn Coles views memorials on a fence surrounding the school in Parkland, Florida, U.S., February 23, 2018

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, Petty shared how his family’s Mormon faith had sustained them since Alaina’s death, and how he was hopeful that reforms proposed by Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) could prevent other parents from experiencing the same pain.

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He appeared with the father and brother of 14-year-old Alaina Petty , who was killed in the school shootings in Parkland more than two weeks ago. “There’s nothing we can do to bring my daughter , Alaina, back,″ Ryan Petty told legislators.

Good afternoon, my name is Ryan Petty . I lost my daughter in the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Connection Between the Parkland Shooting and Obama Administration Policies.

Petty speaks with a sincerity and thoughtfulness that is a powerful testament to his faith. Many were moved by his words at Alaina’s February 19 funeral, during which he voiced not only grief for his daughter, but compassion for the troubled 19-year-old young man (I will deliberately avoid mentioning his name) who took Alaina from them.

" A chaplain speaks with a visitor to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S., February 23, 2018 © Catalyst A chaplain speaks with a visitor to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S., February 23, 2018 We wish and believe," Petty told The Deseret News on that day, "that if somebody had been able to put their arms around him and show him some compassion and love to the extent that would have enabled him to get some help, things may have been very different last week."

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Ryan Petty , who lost his 14-year-old daughter , Alaina, in the massacre, introduced the three families. He suggested three steps to make schools safer: enhancing security and safety, keeping guns away "from those that pose a risk to themselves or others

"We lost our daughter and my son Jesse Guttenberg lost his sister. "My Great Niece, Alaina Petty age 14, was killed yesterday in the shooting at Parkland High School. He was in the school’s ROTC program. He held the door open for other students so they could escape.

"We're saddened he wasn't able to get more help before he made a decision to take other lives," he continued. "We're sad he didn't get a family that could help him."

This steadfast belief that proper love and support could have disrupted the shooter’s path from troubled teen to mass murderer is a large part of what has compelled Petty to step into the public spotlight and fight for reform.

Friends and well-wishers visit a memorial for victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the school in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 18, 2018 © Catalyst Friends and well-wishers visit a memorial for victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the school in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 18, 2018 "Florida can lead the nation on this,” he said, while traveling with Scott and meeting with legislators to support the governor’s plan before the state’s legislative session ends on March 9.

Like many Mormons, Petty leans conservative but isn’t particularly ideological. He applauded Scott’s proposed reforms, along with those introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the Senate last Thursday. He believes they are a pragmatic recognition that an America polarized on gun control can still find “common ground” to improve mental health services and school security.

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“It’s impossible to sum up all that Alaina is and all that she means to her family and friends,” grieving father Ryan Petty said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “You could not escape her innate sense right and wrong, but you never felt that she was judging you,” he said about his daughter who joined other

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“What the governor did is bring in experts and create policies based on that expertise, and he also captured input from students and parents,” said Petty, praising Scott as “balancing heart and brain” and “approaching it as a father and a grandfather concerned about a school safety issue instead of getting stuck in a divisive gun control debate.”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is pictured in an aerial view in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 15, 2018. © Catalyst Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is pictured in an aerial view in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 15, 2018. “After every school shooting the conversation inevitably moves to gun control, but each side is entrenched in their positions, the moment passes, and nothing gets done,” said Petty. “I’m not a policy expert just because I’ve been through a tragedy, but there’s enough we can agree on to let us take effective action.”

“This time must be different,” he said emphatically. “This time will be different, because we are going to focus on school safety and keeping guns away from those who would hurt themselves or others.”

Scott and Rubio’s proposals both seek to make it more difficult for dangerous and mentally ill people to access firearms. One element is the “Gun Violence Restraining Order,” an idea that has gained traction recently in conservative circles, sparked by a widely shared National Review article.

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Sarah Rumpf / The Daily Beast: Ryan Petty Lost His Daughter in the Parkland Shooting . In That Loss , He Gained a Mission .

House Speaker Paul Ryan meets with Parkland shooting survivors. "Our message is simple: We must be the last families to lose loved ones to mass murder in school," said Ryan Petty , whose 14-year-old daughter , Alaina, died in the February 14 shooting .

People attend a candlelight vigil the day after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 15, 2018 © Catalyst People attend a candlelight vigil the day after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 15, 2018 Scott also chose to take advantage of a current state budget surplus to direct $500 million for more trained school resource officers, mental health services, and school-hardening measures such as “metal detectors, bullet-proof glass, steel doors, and upgraded locks.” Not all states have money lying around like Florida, and Petty was glad to see Rubio’s plan contemplate a role for the federal government to help implement such improvements across the country.

Rubio’s proposal tackles the issue of federal law disincentivizing schools from reporting dangerous students to law enforcement, a problem that, as I reported for RedState, may have contributed to the shooter’s long and troubled history never resulting in an arrest.

Candle drippings hang off one of 17 crosses at a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 16, 2018 © Catalyst Candle drippings hang off one of 17 crosses at a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 16, 2018 “There were so many threats,” said Petty, incredulous that many warnings about the shooter were continuously ignored. “The police were aware, the school was aware, the FBI was aware, but nobody did anything?”

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He added, “This loss is tragic and my heart goes out to Scott’s family, friends, colleagues, students and his community in Parkland , FL.” We lost our daughter and my son Jesse Guttenberg lost his sister.

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Under this policy, other forms of intervention like counseling or transfer to an alternative school were encouraged for low-level offenses such as smoking marijuana, disorderly conduct, or harassment. Controversially, the policies did not mandate arrests even for felonies or acts deemed to be a "serious threat to school safety." Sheriff Israel instituted a juvenile civil citation program in conjunction with this policy, and juvenile arrests plummeted by almost half, presumably allowing a large number of offenders to avoid facing any consequences for their actions.

A father and daughter visit one of 17 crosses at a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 16, 2018 © Catalyst A father and daughter visit one of 17 crosses at a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 16, 2018 Florida law makes it a crime to threaten to harm or kill another person, or to engage in cyberstalking, so if the shooter had been arrested for even one of his many reported offenses, it likely would have forced him to surrender any firearms in his possession, as well as prohibited him from legally buying more.

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“We lost our daughter and my son Jesse Guttenberg lost his sister. I am broken as I write this trying to figure out how my family get’s through this,” he wrote. Petty , 14, was killed in the shooting , her great-aunt Claudette McMahon Joshi confirmed on Facebook Thursday.

MUST WATCH. Parkland parents: 'We are united' on reform 01:42. "Our message is simple: We must be the last families to lose loved ones to mass murder in school," said Ryan Petty , whose 14-year-old daughter , Alaina, died in the February 14 shooting .

Entering a political debate so fraught with emotion risks a backlash, but Petty said he has been receiving messages from friends across the political spectrum cheering his efforts to encourage meaningful reform. “What we’ve said about trying a different approach has resonated,” he says.

From left, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Jonathan Blank, Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, President Donald Trump, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student students Carson Abt, and Ariana Klein, bow their heads during the opening prayer before a listening session with high school students, teachers, and others in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. © Catalyst From left, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Jonathan Blank, Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, President Donald Trump, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student students Carson Abt, and Ariana Klein, bow their heads during the opening prayer before a listening session with high school students, teachers, and others in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. I asked Petty what he hoped people would remember about his daughter. Alaina, he said, loved to serve her community. She joined her school’s Junior ROTC program last fall, following in the footsteps of her 17-year-old brother Patrick, who survived the shooting without injury. Last year, she volunteered with Mormon Helping Hands, assisting people whose homes had been destroyed during Hurricane Irma, It was physically and emotionally challenging work, but “she was there with her friends and loved every minute of it.”

“That’s the legacy we want people to remember -- how she loved to serve,” said Petty. “She was a good friend to everyone,” he added. “She’d walk in and her smile would light up the room.”

A central tenet of the Mormon faith is that marriages are not “until death do us part,” but “sealed” for eternity, binding the spouses together into the afterlife. This eternal bond extends to a couple’s children as well, and has been a powerful comfort in the Petty family’s grief.

“We know we’ll be with her again someday,” said Petty, “and that helps, but we still miss the little things,” like watching television together or seeing her getting ready for school in the mornings. “Those are the sad moments, but we think a lot about her and who she was, and that brings some happiness too.”

“This was a tremendous act of evil that has forever impacted our family,” he concluded. “but there has also been a hundred times more love shown to our family, a hundred times more good and love and compassion, and we are grateful for it.”

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