Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., shared on Twitter Wednesday a chilling voicemail he says he received from a man who threatened to kill him.
“Eric Swalwell, here’s a little ditty for ya: pop-pop-pop-bop-pop-pop-pop — 30-round clip, you’re all gonna drop,” an unidentified man says. “I don’t give a f*** anymore. You motherf***er think you got some new young motherf***ers going to take over and f*** the Constitution? F*** you.
“You want to go to war motherf***er? We’re going to war,” the man continues. “And you’re gonna be the first motherf***ing casualty! F*** you!”
The voicemail was received in the congressman’s district office in Castro Valley, Calif., in November 2018. And U.S. Capitol Police were notified of the call.
“This is just one example of the many threats meant to intimidate or silence gun safety advocates," Swalwell said. "We won’t be silenced.”
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 3, 2019
Swalwell is expected to launch a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination next week. According to the Atlantic, Swalwell plans to run on gun control.
“I’m not afraid of this guy,” Swalwell wrote in his tweet sharing the voicemail. “I’m not afraid of the NRA. I’m not afraid. No fear. #EndGunViolence.”
The 38-year-old congressman, who is a member of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, was among the lawmakers who led the charge to recently pass legislation expanding background checks.
In February, Swalwell reintroduced a bill to help protect domestic violence victims from guns.
And he is vowing to do more.
“We must ban and buy back assault weapons next,” Swalwell said in his Twitter message.
Ahead of a formal announcement of his 2020 plans, on Monday Swalwell is scheduled to host a town hall in Coral Springs, Fla., with Cameron Kasky, a survivor of last year’s deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and one of the organizers of March for Our Lives.
“Let’s end gun violence together so that nothing like this ever happens again,” Swalwell wrote in an invitation for the event. “Join me for a town hall, as we unite to make tragedies of everyday gun violence obsolete. I want to hear from YOU.”
Cover thumbnail: Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and text from a voicemail he says he received. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Elise Amendola/AP)
Read more from Yahoo News: