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 SwalwellInslee seeking third term as governor after ending presidential bid The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday invited a gun control activist and Parkland, Fla., school shooting survivor to be his guest at President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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 ColemanHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Racial politics roil Democratic Party Harris hops past Biden in early race for Black Caucus support 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 BlackburnTaylor Swift defends staying out of the 2016 election: 'I just knew I wasn't going to help' The 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal Senate passes sweeping budget deal, sending it to Trump MORE (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Tim BurchettTimothy (Tim) Floyd BurchettHouse panel advances bill to protect elections from foreign interference The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill 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.”