My part in Time magazine’s “Guns in America” special report

Dear Neighbor, 

Too many times in recent years, we’ve learned of a new mass shooting horror - Aurora, Newtown, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Parkland, and so many others. Each time we hug our loved ones close and ask, “When will this end?”

We can only reduce the risk of these massacres if Congress acts, but that means a lot more than just holding a moment of silence. It means passing common-sense gun violence prevention legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases. It means no longer letting the NRA get in the way of even the most basic legislation like banning bump-stocks and providing funding for gun violence research. And, I believe, it means acting to remove military-style weapons of war from our communities.

I shared my thoughts with Time recently as part of the magazine’s tremendous Guns in America project. Time journalists interviewed 245 of Americans with varying views on guns and gun violence, as renowned artist JR filmed and photographed us. The result is the cover story for the Nov. 5 edition of the magazine and a stunning online interactive experience that truly delves into where we stand on this vital issue. Take a look and hear the voices:

As you’ll hear, I believe we must listen to the kids whose lives have been indelibly marked by gun violence.

This issue divides us deeply, even within our 15th District. But for as long as we can’t speak to each other reasonably about it, more Americans will die needlessly. We don’t have the luxury of silence and inaction.

As always, it is an honor to serve you in the U.S. Congress. Please visit my website or contact my East Bay office at 510-370-3322 if we can be of service in any way. To stay connected, join me on Twitter @RepSwalwell and Facebook.

Sincerely,  

Eric Swalwell
Member of Congress