Eric Swalwell, the latest Democrat running for president, visits Broward to take on guns

Eric Swalwell, the latest Democrat running for president, visits Broward to take on guns

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Eric Swalwell, at an event in February, told a campaign event in Broward on Tuesday that gun violence would be his No. 1 campaign issue. (Elise Amendola / AP) Eric Swalwell , the newest candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, traveled to Broward on Tuesday to express solidarity with people affected by last year’s Parkland school massacre — and declare gun violence will be his top campaign issue. “Throughout this campaign, there will be other issues that I talk about — health care, education and climate change. But my pledge to you tonight is that this issue comes first,” he told more than 300 people at a town hall on gun violence. It was the first event of Swalwell’s presidential campaign, which began with a late-night TV appearance on Monday. "I couldn’t think of coming anywhere else,” he said. The event brought together people with direct ties to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre — students from the school and relatives of some of the 17 people killed on Feb. 14, 2018 — along with activists from groups such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “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 said. He lamented that “mass shooting after mass shooting after mass shooting” took place and nothing happened except “moments of silence followed by no action.” A central part of Swalwell’s platform is […]

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