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 – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly joined House Democrats to demand action to save American lives from gun violence.
A united House Democratic caucus called on Speaker Ryan to establish a Select Committee on gun violence prevention, allow a vote on the King-Thompson universal background check bill and permanently table the SHARE Act, which would deregulate silencers and cop-killer bullets.
Matteson, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released this statement:
“Once again, American families awoke to the horrific news of yet another mass shooting that’s claimed the lives of more than 50 people enjoying a country concert.
The Sept. 19 editorial “A preventable disaster” was correct; every American child shot is a “preventable disaster.” But instead of acting, Congress is going in the wrong direction.
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly again took to the House floor demanding a vote on bipartisan gun safety legislation to save American lives.
The recent article titled “Gunrunner bought guns in Arkansas to sell to Chicago gangs” shows, yet again, that guns from outside Illinois are spilling blood in our streets.
This time, the trafficker was Klint Kelley buying guns in Arkansas. In March, it was Willies Biles buying guns in Indiana, and the list goes on and on.
For money, people are willing to cross state lines, buy guns and directly fuel the slow-moving massacre that is claiming the lives of Chicagoans each and every day.
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly again took to the House floor demanding a vote on bipartisan legislation to end gun violence.
Today, Congresswoman Kelly counted dollars 51 to 100 of Speaker Ryan’s contributions from the NRA and honored the memories of 50 young people, ages 2-16, killed by gun violence in Chicagoland over the past 18 months. Her speech is available here.
Today, I went to the House floor – something that I’ve done hundreds of times over the past four years. But today was different.
Words spoken on the House floor are rarely heard by anyone other than C-SPAN viewers and the handful of representatives who are waiting for their turn to speak. But this speech was different.
Washington, DC - Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement following her speech on the House floor calling out the toxic influence of the NRA's money in politics that's contributing to the gun violence that’s costing American lives:
"Time and time again - tragedy after tragedy, Congress holds moments of silence and does nothing to save American lives.
This inaction is a direct result of the vast amount of money that the NRA pours into the political process to push their dangerous 'guns everywhere, rules nowhere' agenda that's killing Americans.
When Rep. Robin Kelly rose to speak on the House floor Thursday morning, she carried a list of 50 names — all victims of gun violence.
“I’ve begged — I’ve pleaded — I’ve screamed — I’ve cried and I even ground the People’s House to a halt with last year’s historic sit-in,” Kelly said.