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Gun Violence


June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. As we honor victims and survivors of gun violence, I want to hear directly from you about your experience with gun violence. Please take a moment to share your story with me by completing my Gun Violence Survey. 

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

Mar 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) released the following statement regarding today’s mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado:

“Today the lives of 10 people were senselessly taken by a coward with a gun. This massacre comes before we have even had the chance to bury the victims of our nation’s last mass shooting. The frequency and horror of this gun violence epidemic are uniquely American. We have the power to stop this, and we must take action in Congress.

Mar 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021.

Mar 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) today released the following statement regarding House passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act:

Feb 25, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In recognition of National Gun Violence Survivors Week, Congresswoman Robin Kelly reintroduced three key gun violence prevention bills for the 117th Congress.

“I honor the strength and advocacy of our survivors by introducing commonsense gun reforms that will protect our families from losing precious loved ones through senseless gun violence,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “With a new Administration and a new Senate, I believe we have a good chance to pass meaningful legislation.”

Feb 25, 2021 Press Release

“The tragic shooting rampage that left three Chicago area residents dead and four wounded is a clear call to action for the new Congress to immediately pass long overdue gun violence prevention legislation, including universal background checks, straw purchases, and interstate gun trafficking that’s responsible for more than half of the guns used to commit crimes in Chicago.

May 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced a resolution in the Senate establishing June 5, 2020, as “National Gun Violence Awareness Day” and designating June as “National Gun Violence Awareness Month.” U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) will introduce a companion resolution in the House. 

Mar 6, 2020 Editorial

Last year, the House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This legislation is the most significant and meaningful gun safety measure passed by Congress in nearly two decades.

Despite overwhelming support from the American people, the bill still has not been considered by the Senate despite the tragic fact that nearly 40,000 Americans died from gun violence over the last year.

Who is the culprit on this criminal inaction? Mitch McConnell.

Feb 28, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Democrats again lambasted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell Thursday as they marked a year of Senate inaction since the House passed landmark gun control legislation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged that Democrats have been here before — complaining about McConnell’s “legislative graveyard” — but she said Democrats were energized to “accelerate a drumbeat” on calls for McConnell to allow a Senate vote on a House-passed bill to expand background checks for gun purchases.

Feb 13, 2020 Editorial

About seven years ago, President Barack Obama issued an urgent plea while speaking with Sandy Hook Elementary School families in Newtown, Connecticut. He said America was failing to protect our nation's most valued treasure—our children.

We had thought gun violence was unthinkable in wealthy, suburban communities and that our children would have some moral protection. Sadly, after 26 people, including 20 children between 6 and 7 years old, were killed in Newtown, we've seen tragedy after tragedy in all American communities. It is now clear that no child is safe.

Dec 16, 2019 In The News

Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., introduced legislation on Dec. 10 that would provide $40 million in grants for state and local governments to purchase gunfire detection technologies.


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