The Washington Post reports one of the survivor activists from the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, will attend this year’s State of the Union address next Tuesday as the guest of a Democratic congressman.
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California has invited Cameron Kasky to join him at the SOTU next week.
In the aftermath of the deadly shooting that left 17 dead, Kasky co-founded Never Again MSD, an advocacy group that lobbies for stricter gun laws. He also helped organize the March for Our Lives protest that took place in Washington, D.C. last March.
Kasky famously told CNN shortly after the shooting, “My message for the people in office is: You’re either with us or against us. We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around.”
He and Swalwell moderated a town hall discussion about gun violence in Des Moines last December.
Swalwell said in a statement he admires the “remarkable strength” Kasky has shown since the “unimaginable” shooting at Stoneman Douglas.
“He stands at the forefront of the fight for action to address gun violence,” said Swalwell. “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.”
Swalwell has called for legislation banning military-style semiautomatic weapons. He is also reportedly considering a run for the White House in 2020.
Kasky joked on his Twitter that he would be running himself in 2020, co-opting Barack Obama’s campaign slogan a bit with #YesWeCam.
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) February 1, 2019
Lawmakers have often invited SOTU guests to underscore political statements.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has invited transgender service member Air Force Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland to attend the SOTU as her guest bringing the plight of trans military to the spotlight again as the Trump administration plans to prohibit trans people from serving in the U.S. military
Last April, I asked Sec Mattis whether he would thought courageous trans servicemembers like AF Staff Sgt Ireland are a "burden" on our military. This year I'm proud to have Staff Sgt Ireland as my guest of honor at the #SOTU. He’s proof that our #trans troops make us stronger! pic.twitter.com/TAj3sOeXwU
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) February 1, 2019