New billboard in Boston sends a powerful message about gun violence

Boston Statehouse

Seventeen-year-old Joaquin Oliver was killed in the Parkland Florida high school shooting, but his memory lives on in a new billboard in Boston. 

A new “Stop Handgun Violence” billboard was designed by Manuel Oliver, the father of a victim of gun violence. bIt says ‘If I attended high school in Massachusetts instead of Parkland Florida I would likely be alive today.’ 

Top state lawmakers joined Joaquin’s parents to pay tribute to the 17-year-old who was killed in the school shooting last February. They hope this billboard will send a strong message to the gun lobby, and to elected leaders supported by them.   

“Anyone who is supported by the Gun Lobby of the NRA is not qualified to solve the problem,” said Oliver., Joaquin’s father.

Joaquin’s parents also shared fond memories of their son and his love for the Boston Red Sox. They said he was looking down and smiling when they won the world series. 

At Thursday’s ceremony, politicians shared similar messages of sympathy for anyone impacted by gun violence and reinforced their dedication to preventing it. 

“That billboard points to the consequence of not having strong gun laws,” said Senator Edward Markey. 

You can see the new billboard as you drive into or out of Boston on the Mass Pike, it hangs on the side of the Dalton Street Parking Garage.

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