President Joe Biden was interrupted by Manuel Oliver, the father of a Parkland shooting victim, during his self-congratulatory speech celebrating the passage of a bipartisan gun control bill that Oliver contends doesn’t go far enough to matter.
As Biden was saying the country could make meaningful progress on gun violence, Oliver stood and appeared to be suggesting the legislation was too weak, but most of his comments were inaudible from the crowd, according to The Hill.
“I’ve been trying to tell you this for years, for years,” Oliver could briefly be heard saying.
He was quickly escorted out of the event by White House personnel.
A few hours earlier, he had appeared on CNN criticizing the use of the word “celebration” in regard to Biden’s event.
“It’s been a while that I’ve been calling out that using the words celebration, getting together, it’s like we’re going to a party, to a wedding today, you know, we all received invitations. And meanwhile, you can see these mothers in Uvalde that just saw how their kids were massacred inside a school,” he said.
Biden reiterated his calls for an assault weapons ban and safe storage laws during the speech.
“I’m determined to ban these weapons again, and high capacity magazines. … I’m not going to stop until we do it,” he said.