WASHINGTON (CBS SF) – East Bay representative Eric Swalwell announced he will bring a survivor of last year’s massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida to Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address.
According to his office, the Democrat and potential 2020 presidential candidate has invited 18-year-old Cameron Kasky, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the speech to be delivered by President Donald Trump. Last February, a gunman killed 17 people and wounded 17 others in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.READ MORE: VIDEO: Space X Launch Lights Up Pre-Dawn Sky; Crew Headed Toward Space Station
Kasky co-founded a student-led gun violence prevention advocacy group and organized the nationwide March for Our Lives a month after the shooting.READ MORE: UPDATE: Police Activity Cleared On Eastbound Lanes Of Bay Bridge; Commute Traffic Brings To Flow
“The shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., happened while I was in congressional orientation in December 2012, and I figured Congress would have to act. 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 in a statement.
Swalwell has advocated for several gun control measures, including an assault weapons ban.MORE NEWS: Rising Sea Level Threatens Stinson Beach Neighborhoods
The representative, whose district covers portions of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, announced earlier this week that he is “close to making a decision” on possibly running for president. If he decides to run, Swalwell would join an already large field of Democrats vying for the nomination in 2020.