Congresswoman Kelly Leads House Democrats in Calling for Action to Save American Lives
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.
In her remarks, the Congresswoman remembered Hayida Pendleton (15), Las Vegas victim Angela Gomez (20), Sandy Hook victim Grace McDonnell (7) and Pulse victim Jason Josaphat (20).
The Congresswoman reminded lawmakers and the public that calls for common sense gun safety laws get “the same response: Thoughts and prayer while they [Republicans] head to the bank to cash their NRA check.”
After the press conference, Congresswoman Kelly joined her colleagues in introducing legislation to ban “bump stocks,” a device that functionally converts semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic weapons. The Las Vegas shooter used these devices in his attack.
“Machine guns were outlawed for a reason and devices that turn a firearm into machine guns should be outlawed as well,” said Congresswoman Kelly.
The Congresswoman serves as a Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She also helped lead last year’s historic gun violence sit-in, following the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub. Since June, she’s been counting every dollar that House Speaker Paul Ryan took from the NRA along with the name of a gun violence victim into the Congressional record.