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.
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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.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement marking the one year anniversary of the House Gun Violence Prevention Sit-In organized by Reps. John Lewis (GA), Robin Kelly (IL), Katherine Clark (MA), David Cicilline (RI) and John Larson (CT).
“One year ago, I joined four of my colleagues in organizing the historic House Democratic Sit-In to End Gun Violence.
CHICAGO – U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and U.S.
Matteson, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, a member of the bipartisan House Task Force on Community-Police Relations, released this statement marking National Police Week:
“Each year, we pause to remember the brave men and women – including my uncles, cousins and nephews – who put on the uniform every day.
As we mark National Police Week, I’m asking my colleagues to truly commit to protecting our law enforcement officers. But, that’s not possible until we address our lax and non-existent gun laws that have allowed criminals to target and outgun law enforcement.
For years, policymakers have known that the NRA’s “guns everywhere — background checks nowhere” policy means more dead Americans and a country that’s less safe.
Yet, instead of using common sense, we stand by and allow 30,000 Americans to die every year.
Tragically, the NRA’s dangerous policies have found a new supporter: ISIS.
Washington, DC (Mar. 16, 2017)—Today, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Elijah E.