Biden interrupted by Parkland father at White House ceremony to celebrate bipartisan gun law

Biden interrupted by Parkland father at White House ceremony to celebrate bipartisan gun law

Joe Biden was intercepted by Parkland’s father, Manuel Oliver, during a White House event celebrating the passage of a bipartisan gun protection bill.

Mr. Oliver, who lost his son Joaquin during a 2018 shooting at Marjorie Stone Douglas High School in Florida, stood up on the White House lawn during the president’s speech Monday.

Mr Biden said in his speech on Monday that “despite the newcomers, we can make meaningful progress in tackling gun violence.”

“Because don’t make a mistake – sit down. You’ll hear what I have to say,” he added.

“We need to do more than that!” As Mr. Biden spoke of the new system, Mr. Oliver shouted.

“Let me finish my comment,” Mr. Biden said, but then added: “Let him speak, let him speak.”

Mr Biden then said the Safe Community Act was “real progress” but “more needs to be done”.

Footage of the event showed Mr Oliver was then told to leave the area.

Mr Biden called on gun control workers to continue fighting for further measures not included in the bill, including an assault rifle ban.

“Success gives birth to success … We have finally removed the mountain of opposition, obstacles and indifference that stood in the way and stopped every effort this nation has made to protect guns for 30 years. Now is the time to strengthen this movement,” Mr Biden said. “Because we have a duty to the people of this nation.”

Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin Parkland was shot dead, interrupted US President Joe Biden’s remarks.

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Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin Parkland was shot dead, interrupted US President Joe Biden’s remarks.

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Mr Oliver appeared on CNN after the White House event and said it was “like giving the green light to Congress to wait another 30 years to do something else.”

“But can you guess? We won’t let that happen,” he added. “I was working on this in Orlando yesterday, I was in Philadelphia a week ago and I’ll be in Texas next week. So for me, again, it’s a process. Just part of it. And anyone who thinks it’s a new beginning, a new beginning, it probably shows that we can reduce our activism – not me, not Joaquin, not my wife Alicia, and not the thousands of children who live there. “

Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin Parkland was shot dead, interrupted US President Joe Biden’s remarks.

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Mr Biden told gun safety lawyers at the event that “lives will be saved today and tomorrow” because of “your work, your advocacy” and “your courage”.

“What we’re doing today is real, it’s vibrant, it’s relevant,” he said. “The step we are taking today is a step towards making our nation the kind of nation we need to be. It’s about the most basic thing – the lives of our children, our loved ones. “

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