Manuel and Patricia Oliver, whose son Joaquin was killed in the 2018 Parkland shooting, have sued the U.S. government, alleging its gun policies infringe on human rights. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 17-year-old Joaquin, contends that the U.S.’s facilitation of high-risk firearm sales to unfit civilians and its failure to implement effective gun control measures contributed to his death.
The Olivers argue that current U.S. gun laws and the Second Amendment conflict with the fundamental human right to life. Arturo Carrillo, representing the Olivers, emphasizes that the lawsuit challenges the U.S. to comply with international human rights laws, ensuring citizens’ protection from gun violence.
The Olivers have been vocal advocates for gun law reform since the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.