Parkland, Florida parent Manuel Oliver recently met with President Joe Biden’s advisors following fifteen days of protests in front of the White House. According to Breitbart News, Oliver was protesting over the Biden administration’s failure to pass gun control measures.
Oliver’s son was murdered in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018.
According to a Local 10 News report, Oliver was finally granted a meeting with White House advisors Cedric Richmond and Susan Rice on December 23.
Oliver gave a summary of his meeting with the presidential advisors saying, “I expressed my frustration with the administration’s limited focus on this critical issue and communicated my expectation — and the expectations of survivors across the country — that the administration will step up its commitment in year two and outline a clear plan of action at next year’s State of the Union. Guns and the NRA have been winning the battle in favor [of] murder and pain. It’s time we truly declare war on gun violence and no longer wait around for the perfect political posturing climate.”
Oliver believes Biden will resume a push for gun control next year during the 2022 midterms.
“Based on our conversation, I believe that the White House understands the urgency of addressing this crisis and the need for the President to become more involved,” Oliver stated. “As a result, I expect to hear him outline a clear plan early next year, and I will continue to work to hold him accountable to all of the promises he made to me and my wife Patricia and survivors across the country. Together, we will beat the NRA and build a safer future for us all.”
Additionally, gun control Parkland father Fred Guttenberg participated in the Biden White House meeting.
Guttenberg posted a tweet: “I just left a meeting at the @WhiteHouse with @manueloliver00. We met with @AmbassadorRice, @Richmond46, @StefFeldman & @HannahBristol. We had a very engaged conversation about the status of gun violence efforts & how much more needs to be done.”
I just left a meeting at the @WhiteHouse with @manueloliver00. We met with @AmbassadorRice, @Richmond46, @StefFeldman & @HannahBristol. We had a very engaged conversation about the status of gun violence efforts & how much more needs to be done. My friend Manny is going home. pic.twitter.com/v4gbe8UQ68
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 16, 2021