Dem lawmaker invites Parkland survivor to attend State of the Union

Dem lawmaker invites Parkland survivor to attend State of the Union
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Chris Christie says Trump team wasn't aggressive enough early in COVID-19 crisis; Tensions between White House, Fauci boil over Trump administration moves to formally withdraw US from WHO Swalwell: Trump 'makes us look like geniuses every day for impeaching him' MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday invited a gun control activist and Parkland, Fla., school shooting survivor to be his guest at President TrumpDonald John TrumpProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform 'was vicious' White House considers sweeping travel ban on members, families of the Chinese Communist Party: report MORE’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Cameron Kasky, 18, was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a gunman killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day last year.

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After the shooting, Kasky and several other survivors co-founded the Never Again MSD group to advocate for stricter gun laws. He also helped organize last year’s March for Our Lives anti-gun violence rally in Washington, D.C., that attracted thousands of participants.

Kasky was also one of five student activists featured on a cover of Time magazine last March.

“In the face of unimaginable tragedy, Cameron Kasky has shown remarkable strength,” Swalwell said in a statement Friday. “He stands at the forefront of the fight for action to address gun violence ... I’m proud to have Cameron join me at the U.S. Capitol, nearly one year after he faced a horror no kid should endure at school, to continue this fight, because there is no right more important than the right to live.”

Kasky said he was excited to join Swalwell at the State of the Union so that they can discuss the “horrific epidemic” of gun violence.

“Rep. Swalwell is one of the most effective change makers out there these days and I’m proud to stand alongside him in this fight,” Kasky said in a statement.

Swalwell, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, has become an outspoken advocate for stricter gun laws, calling last year for a ban on military-style semiautomatic rifles.

The California Democrat said in Friday's statement that he remembers being at his congressional orientation in 2012 when 27 people were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“As Republicans stymied all efforts since then, I started to grow frustrated — but the clear, loud, unwavering voices of the Parkland generation have inspired me to renew our efforts,” Swalwell said.

Lawmakers typically invite people to the State of the Union who have gained national attention.

Rep. Bonnie Watson ColemanBonnie Watson ColemanNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman wins Democratic primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Primary Day in New Jersey MORE (D-N.J.) has invited an undocumented worker who was fired from her job at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J., after going public about workplace violations.

Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Teachers' union President Randi Weingarten calls Trump administration plan to reopen schools 'a train wreck'; US surpasses 3 million COVID-19 cases The Hill's Coronavirus Report: DC's Bowser says protesters and nation were 'assaulted' in front of Lafayette Square last month; Brazil's Bolsonaro, noted virus skeptic, tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Tim BurchettTimothy (Tim) Floyd BurchettTennessee lawmaker tweets cellphone number, offers to talk to anyone 'overwhelmed' by pandemic House Republican: Tariffs are 'only way' to change US-China relationship GOP lawmaker on Iran tensions: Military should always be 'the last option' MORE (R-Tenn.) announced on Thursday that they will bring D.J. and Wendy Corcoran, whose son Pierce was killed in a car crash.

The driver, charged with criminally negligent homicide, was later identified as an immigrant in the country illegally.

“The tragedy the Corcoran family has endured is one no family should ever have to experience,” Blackburn said in a statement. “The attendance of Pierce’s parents at the State of the Union serves as a reminder that we as a Congress have a duty to keep the American people safe.”