Chicago has become the epicenter of our nation’s gun violence epidemic. In 2016, 786 lives were claimed by gun violence in Chicago. Nationally, the death toll was over 15,000 last year. Too many of our families have been affected by this wave of violence.
This issue permeates every corner of American life and I am committed to finding a common sense solution that will keep more Americans safe. In 2014, I published the Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America, an in-depth Congressional analysis on the gun violence epidemic in America. I also launched the Urban Progress (UP) Initiative, a collaborative effort between my colleagues in Congress and community partners to reduce gun violence and increase economic opportunity.
Lastly, gun violence is a threat to our public health, and communities across America. I will continue working to expand access to quality mental health care services and support common sense legislation to reduce the threat of gun violence and gun suicides.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-2), Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), along with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) introduced the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act. The bill would incentivize states and local governments through federal grants to enact laws requiring individuals to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun.
With young people “shaming” adults to do more to prevent gun violence, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, speaking at a Park Forest church, said “we need their help” to enact stricter laws.
Kelly’s talk at St. Irenaeus Church came Sunday — a day after youth around the country took part in “March for Our Lives” rallies. Kelly said she hoped the momentum of the movement would result in more young people registering to vote and casting ballots in fall elections.
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, joined her colleagues in a solidarity walk out with students across the country.
Matteson, IL - Congresswoman Kelly, vice chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, issued this statement on President Trump’s late-night plan to arm teachers and school staff while recanting his support for lifesaving comprehensive gun violence prevention measures:
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly re-introduced four gun safety bills aimed at significantly reducing gun violence in our schools, homes and city streets.
If enacted, these bills will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals including stalkers, reduce accidental death and injury by issuing basic firearm safety standards, and require a Surgeon General report on the impact of gun violence on the public’s health.
WASHINGTON — Right before 3 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Bryan Witzmann felt his heart break again. The Chiefs’ lineman — all 6’7, 304 pounds of him — was sitting at his desk in the office of Robin Kelly, a black Democrat from Chicago, whom he is working for this offseason. On the TV in the office, a breaking news chyron came on the screen: There had been a shooting at a school in Florida.
Washington, DC – This morning, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, took to the House Floor demanding action to prevent another school shooting like yesterday’s at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
On the House floor, she said, “on a day when school children should be thinking about baseball tryouts, prom and college selections, again they head to school living the reality that a gun may strike them down at any moment.”
To the Editor:
In “Making Background Checks Work” (Op-Ed, Feb. 13), John R. Lott Jr. desperately tries to push one of the gun lobby’s favorite narratives: that background checks are bad for public safety.
The main pillar of Mr. Lott’s argument is that our underfunded, underresourced and broken background check system prevents “good guys” from getting guns.
Matteson, IL – This week, Congresswoman Robin Kelly was awarded the prestigious Abraham Lincoln Award by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV.)
“I’m deeply humbled and honored by this recognition from the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. Every day, this remarkable organization is working hard to save lives and prevent violence,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL-02), vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, introduced the Gun Violence Research Act. The legislation would:
· Amend the Dickey Amendment, which prohibits the use of funding at the Department of Health and Human Services to advocate gun control, to clarify that funds may be used to study gun violence, particularly as it relates to mental health;