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.
More on Gun Violence
The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus’ health task force on Tuesday floated a bill calling for the country’s top medical officer to tackle the issue of gun violence.
“Gun violence kills 100 Americans each day in America,” Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) said at a news conference on Capitol Hill.
Kelly said Congress needs data in order to confront the epidemic, a need she cited as the impetus for her bill, H.R. 1114, that would require the surgeon general to submit to Congress an annual report on the effects of gun violence on public health.
House Democrats say their increasingly visible alliance with politically active physicians helped them pass legislation mandating federal background checks on all gun sales. But they so far haven’t broken through the wall of opposition in the GOP-majority Senate.
It’s been a busy week for south suburban U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Matteson, and among the most significant weeks of her six years in Congress.
On Tuesday night, Lori Lightfoot — the top vote-getter in Chicago’s mayoral primary — first thanked family, campaign staff and volunteers, then Kelly during her victory speech.
“I want to thank those who had the courage to stand with our campaign against the (Democratic) Machine,” Lightfoot said. “Thank you to my friend, Congresswoman Robin Kelly,” who had endorsed Lightfoot.
Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly voted in favor of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8). This bipartisan legislation would ensure that a background check is conducted on every gun sale, thus closing loopholes that allow a significant number of guns to be sold without a background check, especially via the Internet and at gun shows.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released this statement following the passage of Bipartisan Background Check Act (H.R. 8) and H.R. 1112, which would close the Charleston Loophole, by the House Judiciary Committee:
Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, introduced three bills to bring commonsense to federal gun policy.
Her first bill, the Recognizing Gun Violence as a Public Health Emergency Act (HR 1114), would require the U.S. Surgeon General to provide an annual report to Congress on the public health impacts and cost of gun violence in America – an epidemic that claims nearly 40,000 American lives each and every year.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly will welcome Second District constituent, Diane Latiker of Roseland, to Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, she will attend the State of the Union as the Congresswoman’s guest and on Wednesday, she will testify during the House Judiciary Committee Hearing: “Preventing Gun Violence: A Call to Action.”
Washington, DC –Congresswoman Robin Kelly has been selected by the Steering and Policy Committee to serve on the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This committee has broad policy jurisdiction including healthcare, technology, privacy, energy policy and consumer protection.
The House of Representatives acknowledged the victims of last weekend's Orlando massacre in predictable fashion on Monday: not with discussion of why a man once on an FBI terror watchlist was able to legally purchase the guns he used to kill at least 49 people, but with a time-honored ritual that has become so commonplace as to lose all meaning: the moment of silence.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and an original co-sponsor, released this statement concerning the introduction of H.R. 8, legislation to expand background checks on gun sales:
“In November, the American people spoke with one, loud voice at the ballot box. Across the nation, especially in the Midwest and suburbs, Americans elected leaders committed to saving lives and addressing the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our nation.