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
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.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released this statement concerning the CDC report that gun violence deaths in 2017 climbed to the highest recorded rate in history:
“Thirty-nine thousand seven hundred and seventy-three American lives were taken by gun violence in 2017.
Thirty-nine thousand seven hundred and seventy-three mothers, brothers, sisters and fathers lost their lives while this Republican-controlled Congress has done nothing to stop the carnage and madness.
Illinois Congresswoman Robin Kelly recently held a press conference alongside several highly regarded doctors to demand congressional action when it comes to gun violence across the nation. The press conference was held in Washington D.C. and included comments from Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson who is a physician at Mercy Hospital in Chicago.
As the chorus of medical professionals weighing in on the gun debate grows louder, House Democrats are vowing to push gun legislation and funding for research with their new majority in the next Congress.
WASHINGTON -- A Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon joined other doctors Thursday on Capitol Hill in recounting stories of the effects of gun violence, part of an effort to compel congressional action after a National Rifle Association assertion that doctors should “stay in their lane” on the topic.
The doctors’ news conference in a House office building followed the NRA’s tweet Nov. 7 on the issue.
In an ensuing uproar in the medical community, Dr. Joseph Sakran of Hopkins launched a Twitter campaign called @ThisIsOurLane.