Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said on MSNBC’s “Deadline” Wednesday that American parents are lying to their children by telling them they will be safe from mass shootings at school.
Swalwell said: “The public is with us and the parents want us on offense. Look at the Republicans, they get offended on wildly unpopular issues like a woman’s right to choose, and they don’t care about public sentiment. They lean on it. Instead, we always, always apologize, well, we’re not trying to violate the 2nd Amendment. We are not talking about gun control. Why don’t we just have disciplined guns in this country? The crazy idea that the most dangerous weapons should end up in the hands of the most dangerous people.
He continued: “Right now, as a parent of three young children, and one of them is just starting to ask about these shootings, I find myself in a position of lying to my children. Every parent in America right now is lying to their children if you tell your child that they are going to be safe in their school and that everything will be fine. This is a lie. Who wants to lie to their children? But right now the truth is that, not by any policy flaw, but by design, by the design of the Republican Party in this country, every child in every classroom is exposed and vulnerable to a shooting. And no police outside the classroom, as we have seen, are going to protect them. No idea you know, more good guys with guns in the community are going to protect them, and no sense throwing money at sanity is going to protect them. What will protect them is not allowing dangerous people to have access to firearms. What will protect them is not allowing assault weapons in our community. What will protect them is having violent background checks on every gun purchase. This is by design. It’s not a defect at all. »
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