Parkland Shooting Victim’s Father Interrupts President Biden During Gun Law Speech

A father of a 2018 Parkland school shooting victim interrupted President Joe Biden during a White House event celebrating the passage of a bipartisan gun control bill on July 11.

Manuel Oliver, whose 17-year-old son Joaquin was among the 17 people killed in the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, stood up and started shouting during Biden’s speech on the South Lawn.

“We have to do more than that!” Oliver shouted, among other remarks.

At first, Biden told Oliver, “Sit down. You’ll hear what I have to say.”

Moments later, Biden added, “Let me finish my comments. Let him talk. Let him talk.”

However, footage showed that security had already stepped in and asked Oliver to leave the area.

Biden went on to say that the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act — the first major federal gun safety bill in three decades, which Biden signed into law last month — was “real progress” but that “more has to be done.”

Earlier in the day, Oliver objected to the event being treated as a celebration in the aftermath of a mass shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on May 24.

“The word celebration has no space in a society that saw 19 kids massacred just a month ago,” Oliver said on Twitter.

Oliver also appeared earlier on CNN and said that the new gun legislation was “not enough” to address the violence.

“There’s no reason for this event to be called as it’s called,” Oliver said.


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