Biden Tells Father of Slain Teen at Parkland Shooting to ‘Sit Down!’ – Watch
President Joe Biden just told a man who lost his son in the 2018 Parkland school shooting to “sit down.” The father had some things to say to Biden during his speech on Monday that was focused on a bipartisan gun control law.
Biden was trying to put a positive spin on his legislation, “Despite the naysayers, we can make meaningful progress on dealing with gun violence.” Biden said in footage of the speech posted to Twitter.
Manuel Oliver is the father whose sone, Joaquin, was among the 17 people killed in the Parkland mass shooting. He could be heard shouting in the background of Biden’s speech.
Biden yelled back at the father, “Sit down. You’ll hear what I have to say.” Oliver continued to shout back at the president, but Biden said, “Let me finish my comments. Let him talk. Let him talk.”
Before the speech was given, Oliver had told CNN that the new gun legislation that was passed on the heels of the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas was “not enough” to address the violence.
But a majority of Americans, 64%, approve of the new gun law. In fact, 32% said that they strongly approve of the legislation, according to new poll results from the Pew Research Center.
The poll also found that most Americans, 78%, think the bill will accomplish “a little,” with 42% saying it will accomplish “nothing at all” to reduce gun violence.
The bill expands background checks for people between 18 and 21 attempting to buy guns and provides incentives for states to pass red flag laws. This will open the door for the judicial system to order the temporary confiscation of a person’s guns if they’re considered a danger to themselves or others.
The president described the US as a country “awash in weapons of war,” underscoring that he’s “determined” to see assault weapons and high-capacity magazines banned.