BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A new billboard designed by the father of a Parkland, Florida school shooting victim has been unveiled in Boston.

Manuel Oliver designed the 90-foot long billboard in memory of his son Joaquin Oliver, one of 17 people killed when former student Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The billboard depicts a photo image of Joaquin Oliver with the quote: “If I had attended high School in Massachusetts instead of Parkland Florida, I would likely be alive today.”

Billboard in Boston about gun laws. (WBZ-TV)

Manuel Oliver said the billboard refers to the stricter gun laws in Massachusetts and other states that were not in place in Florida.

“I found this group of people that were able to find a solution to the problem. I don’t want you to see anymore at me as someone who is just demanding for something without a solution. Now I can go back to Florida and I can give this to whoever gets elected in Florida, and say here, this is from the people in Boston,” Oliver said.

Manuel Oliver (WBZ-TV)

Massachusetts has an assault weapons ban.

Democratic U.S. Sen Edward Markey said Congress should guarantee all states have similarly strong gun laws.

The billboard is on the corner of Boylston and Dalton.

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Comments (3)
  1. Alan B Flood says:

    The logic is flawed – would have been better if he came to a school in NH where firearm laws barely exist and yet firearm murder rate is 1/2 of Ma. level. I propose that if we strip the 2nd amendment from the real people and only let the politicians have firearms or guards to protect them, that we take the first amendment away from everyone since it will be taken away anyway because there will be no 2nd amendment to stop the government from infringing on the rights of the citizens.

  2. Joe Casey says:

    Who paid for this? I see the article states that the Dad designed the billboard but oddly leaves out who paid for it..or who came up with the idea in the first place. Why would a Dad from FLA put up something like this in Boston MA?

  3. If he had attended any one 26,400 other high schools in the US, he always would have been alive today. And there was a fatal shooting at a Dorchester high school in 2015.

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