Father of Parkland Shooting Victim Interrupts President Biden Speech on Gun Safety

A man whose son was killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, interrupted President Joe Biden as he gave a speech celebrating the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act at the White House on July 11.

During the planned remarks in the Rose Garden, Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin was killed in Parkland, stood up and shouted at the president, who had been touting the recent gun safety legislation.

“Sit down, you’ll hear what I have to say,” Biden responded. Then, the president is heard saying, “Let him talk, let him talk.”

After the interruption, Biden continued, “Make no mistake about it, this legislation is real progress, but more has to be done.”

It was unclear through the White House livestream what exactly Oliver was saying.

In an interview with the Miami Herald after the event, Oliver said he was asking Biden to establish a White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention. Oliver told the Herald he found the event “unnecessary” and thought there was “nothing to celebrate.” Credit: The White House via Storyful

Video transcript

[APPLAUSE]

JOE BIDEN: Today's many things. It is proof that, despite the naysayers, we can make meaningful progress on dealing with gun violence. Because make no mistake-- sit down and you'll hear what I have to say. If you think--

MANUEL OLIVER: You have to do more than that.

JOE BIDEN: You--

MANUEL OLIVER: [INAUDIBLE] the White House. [INAUDIBLE]

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- President Biden.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

JOE BIDEN: We have one. Let me finish my comments. Let him talk. Let him talk. No one-- OK?

Because make no mistake about it. This legislation is real progress, but more has to be done. The provision of this new legislation is going to save lives, and is proof that today's politics, we can come together on a bipartisan basis to get important things done, even on an issue as tough as guns.

[APPLAUSE]

Today's many things. It is proof that despite the naysayers we can make meaningful progress on dealing with gun violence.

MANUEL OLIVER: You have to do more--

JOE BIDEN: Because make no mistake-- sit down and you'll hear what I have to say. If you think--

MANUEL OLIVER: You have to do more than that.

JOE BIDEN: You--

MANUEL OLIVER: [INAUDIBLE] the White House. [INAUDIBLE].

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- President Biden.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

JOE BIDEN: We have one. Let me finish my comments. Let him talk. Let him talk. No one-- OK?

Because make no mistake about it. This legislation is real progress, but more has to be done. The provision of this new legislation is going to save lives, and is proof that today's politics, we can come together on a bipartisan basis to get important things done, even on an issue as tough as guns.

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