Rep. Eric Swalwell To Hold Gun Violence Town Hall In Des Moines

Rep. Swalwell has said he is considering running for president in 2020. He will also be a speaker at Progress Iowa’s Sixth Annual Holiday Event.


Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15) will host a student town hall on gun violence featuring Cameron Kasky – a student activist and survivor of the February 2018 mass shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. – on Thursday, Dec. 20 in Des Moines.

Co-sponsored by the Youth Polk County Democrats and the College and Young Democrats of Iowa, this event – free and open to the public – will foster discussion of how the incoming Democratic House majority can take real action to curb America’s plague of gun violence.

“No more moments of silence, no more thoughts and prayers without real action,” Swalwell said. “There is no right more important than the right to live, and as a mass-shooting survivor, Cameron Kasky knows this better than most. His generation refuses to be shackled by the NRA; so does our incoming House majority. Together, we can work to banish the specter of gun violence that haunts our schools, our places of worship, our communities.”

Armed with an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle, the Parkland gunman killed 17 students and staff members and injured 17 others – the deadliest shooting at a high school in United States history. Kasky, now 18, co-founded the student-led Gun Violence Prevention advocacy group Never Again MSD, and helped organize the March for Our Lives nationwide student protest last March.

“As our country continues to lead the world in mass shootings, it is long past time we stop pulling punches and tackle gun violence for the horrific epidemic it is,” Kasky said. “I haven’t a shred of doubt in my mind that Congressman Swalwell is the person to do this. Rep. Swalwell is not afraid to advocate for gun control legislation that others are too scared to touch, and we need a fearless leader on this issue now more than ever.”

WHAT: Gun Violence Student Town Hall

WHO: Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15) and Cameron Kasky, student activist and Parkland shooting survivor

WHEN: 4 p.m. CT Thursday, Dec. 20

WHERE: Franklin Junior High, 4801 Franklin Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310

MEDIA RSVP: Josh Richman,


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