Time for Action on Gun Violence Prevention
Last week, I joined dozens of my fellow House Democrats for a House Floor sit-in to demand votes on bipartisan, common-sense bills to address gun violence.
Still reeling from the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, we were led onto the floor by civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis – and we held the floor for 26 hours. When the House cameras were turned off, I and others used Periscope, Facebook Live, Snapchat, Twitter and other platforms to invite Americans into the House of their democracy for this important dialogue.
Rep. Swalwell sits on the House floor with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.
Our Republican colleagues chose to adjourn early and leave Washington rather than heed our call for up-or-down votes on the bipartisan King-Thompson legislation to expand and strengthen our background checks system, and on the bipartisan “No Fly, No Buy” bill to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.
I still hope my colleagues across the aisle will join us to take action on our shared goal of making our nation safer. Americans don’t care who gets the credit – they just want Congress to do the job we were sent here to do.
Is that how you feel about it? I want to know.
On Wednesday, I’ll hold a Facebook Live “town hall” about the sit-in and where we go from here. Please join me on my Facebook page at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time, and I’ll answer some of your questions as you post them in the comments section.
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