U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell Kicks Off Presidential Campaign With Broward Town Hall On Gun Violence

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell Kicks Off Presidential Campaign With Broward Town Hall On Gun Violence

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California Congressman Eric Swalwell said on Tuesday he would make addressing gun violence a top priority during his presidential campaign. California Congressman Eric Swalwell kicked off his 2020 bid for president at a Broward County town hall on Tuesday with an emotional vow to make gun violence a top priority during his campaign and possible presidency. Less than a day after announcing his run in the Democratic primary , Swalwell met in Sunrise with activists and families affected by gun violence in South Florida, including the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018. The four-term Democrat said he would take an incremental approach to address gun violence through a ban on assault weapons, improved mental health services and strengthened background checks. “Throughout this campaign, there will be other issues that I talk about—healthcare, education and climate change,” he told more than 300 people at the BB&T Center. “But my pledge to you tonight is that this issue comes first.” Swalwell, who has been critical of current gun laws while in Congress, added “he couldn’t think of coming anywhere else” after announcing his run on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Monday night. The 38-year-old representing the San Francisco Bay area commended the Parkland community for fighting for stronger gun regulations after the Stoneman Douglas shooting and began the event by naming the 17 victims of the Feb. 14, 2018 massacre. He lamented that such shootings have failed to produce any meaningful changes in the country’s gun laws. "Hope […]

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