After the tragic Nashville School Shooting, Rep. Eric Swalwell accused Republicans who oppose certain firearm bans of ‘siding with the killers
Swalwell, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday evening.
“If we had Republican allies here, we could protect children from what’s killing them most,” Swalwell said. “So you as a Republican, I think by your negligence in protecting them, you can either side with the kids and protect them or we’re gonna say that you’re siding with the killers because there’s no other way to describe who’s benefiting from your absolute inaction.”
Swalwell went on to emphasize the importance of child safety measures, including storing cleaning materials safely at home and ensuring children are properly secured in car seats during travel. He stated, “Our aim is to safeguard our children, who are the most valuable and innocent members of our community.”
Swalwell said that although Congress is taking measures to keep children safe, they are not addressing the most significant threat to their safety – gun violence. He emphasized, “It’s infuriating that we’re taking all these steps to protect our children, yet we’re failing to address the root cause of their greatest danger.”
“Every Republican on that committee, when they go home this weekend and face their voters, many will ask them, ‘What did you do on the only committee that has jurisdiction on gun safety?’ and they’re gonna have to tell them, ‘We sided with Donald Trump over your kids,’” Swalwell said.
Swalwell made these remarks in response to the tragic shooting at Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, where a former student killed six people, including three employees – head of school Katherine Koonce, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, and custodian Mike Hill – as well as three 9-year-old students: Hallie Scruggs, Evelyn Dieckhaus, and William Kinney.