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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

Sep 28, 2018 In The News

Congresswoman Robin Kelly has dedicated her career to public service as an advocate for Illinois families.  Since being elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District in 2013, she has worked to expand economic opportunity, community wellness, and public safety across the state, championing numerous initiatives to generate job growth, reduce health disparities, and end gun violence.

Sep 7, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement on the murder of Delmonte Johnson, 19, of the South Side:

“Like so many in our community, I was heartbroken to learn of Delmonte Johnson’s murder. Through Good Kids, Mad Cities, I’ve witnessed the difference that Delmonte and his friends sought to make in our community. He was a young man in the prime of his life.  His life’s work was to make our city better.

Aug 21, 2018 Press Release

Chicago, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly will participate in the Kelly Klassic, a newly-formed basketball tournament, hosted in Chicago’s South Side. The tournament is designed to foster improved community-police relations and address the gun violence epidemic.

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.

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