Congresswoman Robin Kelly Marks Second Anniversary of Newtown Shootings
U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) today urged Congress to honor the memories of the victims of the Newtown school shootings and gun violence nationwide by passing common sense gun reform.
Standing with families from Chicago at a press conference marking the second anniversary of the Newtown, CT shootings, Kelly said that no matter where you live gun violence affects us all.
“No community is immune to gun violence. Gun violence isn’t an urban issue, it’s an American public health epidemic,” Kelly said. “That’s why I linked my Chicago families of victims of gun violence with Newtown families to work together on gun reform. Ending this epidemic requires all of us coming together to stop the bloodshed.”
Kelly added that while she is proud of the work of the Chicago and Newtown families in promoting gun reform, they need help from Congress. She urged her colleagues to address gun reform next year.
“America can strike the right balance between protecting the Second Amendment and promoting public safety by keeping guns out of the wrong hands. And we must strike this balance. American lives hang in this balance,” Kelly said. “It’s time that Congress put saving American lives at the top of the national agenda by passing common sense gun legislation to make our country safer from gun violence.”
Earlier this year, Kelly released the 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America, the first-ever Congressional analysis of the nation’s gun violence epidemic that offers a blueprint for ending the crisis. The Kelly Report brought together members of Congress, academics and gun reform advocates to examine the root causes and impact of gun violence in America and provide a comprehensive set of legislative and policy recommendations to stop it.