Parkland victim's father and congressman have heated exchange at gun-violence hearing

ABC News | 2/14/2018 | Staff
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In the House’s first congressional hearing on gun violence prevention in almost a decade, tensions flared between the father of a Parkland high school shooting victim and a Florida lawmaker.

During the meeting, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said illegal immigration, not guns, is a major factor behind acts of public violence that have plagued the nation over the past two decades.

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The hearing took place one week before the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida which left 17 people dead and more than a dozen injured. Proposed legislation, currently in committee, would impose universal background checks on gun sales.

“As we hear the stories and circumstances for those here, I hope we do not forget the pain and anguish and sense of loss felt by those all over the country who have been the victims of violence at the hands of illegal aliens,” Gaetz said. The proposed legislation "would not have stopped the many of the circumstances I raised. But a wall, a barrier on the southern border may have.”

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These comments elicited boos from the gallery and prompted Manuel Oliver to yell “That’s not true,” according to those in the audience. Oliver’s son, Joaquin, was 17 when he was killed.

(AP) This undated photo shows Joaquin Oliver, known by his nickname "Guac." Oliver, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...
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