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Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of Illinois

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Gun Violence

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

Aug 14, 2018 In The News

There are no gun shops in Chicago, but the city is inundated with firearms.

Police have seized more than 5,600 illegally-possessed guns in Chicago this year alone, including 60 the weekend of August 3-5, when 66 people were shot and 12 killed between Friday evening and Sunday morning.  

Aug 10, 2018 Press Release

Chicago, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released this statement following President Trump’s decision to exclude Chicago’s and Illinois’ elected officials from his “discussion” of Chicago, which will be hosted in New Jersey – 768 miles away:

“I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but once again, this President’s actions are ridiculous.

Aug 7, 2018 Press Release

Chicago, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and author of the Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America, released this statement following a weekend of gun violence that claimed the lives of 11 Chicagoland residents and injured 63 others:

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL), U.S.

May 22, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, addressed Congressional inaction on gun violence during the Congressional Black Caucus Special Order Hour.

She began: “It’s sickening to me that I am here again….I can’t believe I’ve been here 5 years and we have not brought one piece of gun violence legislation to the floor….I guess they [House Republicans] don’t care enough about our kids dying.”

Apr 30, 2018 Press Release

On Thursday, May 3rd, Congresswoman Robin Kelly will hold her second Solutions Only Congressional field inquiry on trafficking.

Apr 25, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Last night, Republicans on the House Rules Committee disallowed an amendment offered by Congresswoman Robin Kelly that would have required airlines offering discounted rates to NRA members to post that information on the front page of their website.

“Gun violence has reached epidemic levels in America. Families deserve to know if their vacation fund is going to a company that offers perks to an organization which actively stifles gun violence research and gun safety policies,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

Apr 24, 2018 In The News

CHICAGO – A group of young activists in Chicago met and rallied today calling for better lives and safer streets in the city.

Young activists and their adult mentors conferring about Chicago’s South and West Sides.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly called the meeting, saying these young leaders must demand anti-violence resources.

“We cannot continue like this. We’re losing a generation of young people,” Kelly said.

Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Johnson have been touting progress reducing shootings on the South and West sides.

Apr 12, 2018 Press Release

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.

Mar 27, 2018 In The News

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.

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