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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 8, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly re-introduced four gun safety bills aimed at significantly reducing gun violence in our schools, homes and city streets.

If enacted, these bills will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals including stalkers, reduce accidental death and injury by issuing basic firearm safety standards, and require a Surgeon General report on the impact of gun violence on the public’s health.

Mar 7, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON — Right before 3 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Bryan Witzmann felt his heart break again. The Chiefs’ lineman — all 6’7, 304 pounds of him — was sitting at his desk in the office of Robin Kelly, a black Democrat from Chicago, whom he is working for this offseason. On the TV in the office, a breaking news chyron came on the screen: There had been a shooting at a school in Florida.

Feb 15, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – This morning, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, took to the House Floor demanding action to prevent another school shooting like yesterday’s at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

On the House floor, she said, “on a day when school children should be thinking about baseball tryouts, prom and college selections, again they head to school living the reality that a gun may strike them down at any moment.”

Feb 14, 2018 Editorial

To the Editor:

In “Making Background Checks Work” (Op-Ed, Feb. 13), John R. Lott Jr. desperately tries to push one of the gun lobby’s favorite narratives: that background checks are bad for public safety.

The main pillar of Mr. Lott’s argument is that our underfunded, underresourced and broken background check system prevents “good guys” from getting guns.

Dec 8, 2017 Press Release

Matteson, IL – This week, Congresswoman Robin Kelly was awarded the prestigious Abraham Lincoln Award by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV.)

“I’m deeply humbled and honored by this recognition from the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. Every day, this remarkable organization is working hard to save lives and prevent violence,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

Dec 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL-02), vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, introduced the Gun Violence Research Act. The legislation would:

·  Amend the Dickey Amendment, which prohibits the use of funding at the Department of Health and Human Services to advocate gun control, to clarify that funds may be used to study gun violence, particularly as it relates to mental health;

Dec 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released this statement on the passage of so-called “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38):”

“I’m deeply disappointed that my colleagues would support a bill that will dramatically increase the number of Americans taken from their families and communities by gun violence.

Nov 15, 2017 In The News

Democratic Congresswoman Robin Kelly has submitted an amendment to the Republican tax reform bill that would increase taxes on bullets for semi-automatic weapons, in a curveball attempt to re-focus national attention on gun control efforts by using the GOP’s own bill against them.

Oct 25, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswomen Dina Titus (NV-01) and Robin Kelly (IL-02) took to the House floor to challenge their colleagues to quickly approve life-saving legislation to ban “bump stocks,” an after-market modification that turns assault weapons into nearly fully-automatic weapons.

Oct 4, 2017 Press Release

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.


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