Eric Swalwell: 2020 hopeful seeks to stand out with focus on gun control

Eric Swalwell: 2020 hopeful seeks to stand out with focus on gun control

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He may be a long shot in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, but the California representative Eric Swalwell is trying to stand out with a focus on gun violence, including his proposal to spend $15bn on an Australia-style federal ban and buyback of military-style “assault weapons”. Swalwell, a 38-year-old Democratic congressman who represents a district in the progressive Bay Area, launched his campaign on Tuesday with a town hall near Parkland, Florida. He spoke alongside two prominent Parkland activists: 18-year-old Cameron Kasky and Fred Guttenberg, a parent who lost his daughter Jaime in last year’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. “Hope died in Parkland over a year ago. But in a uniquely American way, through the strength and courage of our children, hope was born here, too,” Swalwell told a small Florida crowd on Tuesday evening. “You inspired a nation. You inspired lawmakers who were demoralized and had given up.” Sorry is the easiest word – but should Democrats stop their apology tour? Read more He said he did not agree with the National Rifle Association’s argument that gun control was a “culturally divisive” issue. “I think we can have a country where you can keep your pistols, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns, but we’re able to unite and take the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people,” he said to applause. Swalwell joins a primary field of nearly 30 other Democratic candidates, some of whom have decades more experience […]

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