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June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. As we honor victims and survivors of gun violence, I want to hear directly from you about your experience with gun violence. Please take a moment to share your story with me by completing my Gun Violence Survey. 

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

Jul 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), and Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-02) introduced The Local Public Health and Safety Protection Act to make communities safer by allowing local governments to implement reasonable and appropriate solutions in areas with high rates of firearm injury and death.

Jun 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), Vice Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, delivered a passionate speech on the House floor about the human impacts of gun violence. She highlighted four heartbreaking stories from her constituents about how they have been personally affected by the gun violence epidemic.

Jun 9, 2021 Press Release

MATTESON, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), Vice Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, today appeared before the U.S. House Appropriations Committee to advocate for increased gun violence prevention funding.

Jun 7, 2021 Press Release

MATTESON, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), Vice Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, today launched a survey for constituents to share their personal experiences with the gun violence epidemic. Rep. Kelly has introduced a resolution to mark June as Gun Violence Awareness Month in honor of Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed in Chicago in 2013.

May 26, 2021 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced a resolution in the Senate establishing June 4, 2021, as “National Gun Violence Awareness Day” and designating June as “National Gun Violence Awareness Month.” U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) has introduced a companion resolution in the House. 

Apr 28, 2021 Press Release

MATTESON, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly released the below statement in reaction to President Biden’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress this evening:

Apr 23, 2021 Editorial

Gun violence is a public health crisis, but at the federal level we are neither doing enough to prevent it nor to mitigate its impacts. We have seen the mass shootings that have claimed the lives of shoppers, salon workers, and pedestrians so far this year. However, what causes deeper concern is how prevalent and pervasive gun violence is in the daily lives of our community members.

Apr 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) last week hosted a virtual Health Summit on Gun Violence, where she was joined by Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Chicago CRED, gun violence prevention activists and gun violence survivors.

Rep. Kelly and her colleagues heard testimony from gun violence survivors and community interventionists on the importance of stopping the near-daily gun violence seen in Chicago and in localities across the country.

Apr 8, 2021 Press Release

MATTESON, IL – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), Vice Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce, applauded President Joe Biden’s announcement of his initial actions to reduce gun violence.

Mar 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02), Vice Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce, announced the introduction of H.R. 2280, the Prevent Gun Trafficking Act, to combat illegal gun purchases and transfers.

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