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
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement on the murder of Delmonte Johnson, 19, of the South Side:
“Like so many in our community, I was heartbroken to learn of Delmonte Johnson’s murder. Through Good Kids, Mad Cities, I’ve witnessed the difference that Delmonte and his friends sought to make in our community. He was a young man in the prime of his life. His life’s work was to make our city better.
Chicago, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly will participate in the Kelly Klassic, a newly-formed basketball tournament, hosted in Chicago’s South Side. The tournament is designed to foster improved community-police relations and address the gun violence epidemic.
Chicago, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released this statement following President Trump’s decision to exclude Chicago’s and Illinois’ elected officials from his “discussion” of Chicago, which will be hosted in New Jersey – 768 miles away:
“I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but once again, this President’s actions are ridiculous.
Chicago, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and author of the Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America, released this statement following a weekend of gun violence that claimed the lives of 11 Chicagoland residents and injured 63 others:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL), U.S.
Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, addressed Congressional inaction on gun violence during the Congressional Black Caucus Special Order Hour.
She began: “It’s sickening to me that I am here again….I can’t believe I’ve been here 5 years and we have not brought one piece of gun violence legislation to the floor….I guess they [House Republicans] don’t care enough about our kids dying.”
On Thursday, May 3rd, Congresswoman Robin Kelly will hold her second Solutions Only Congressional field inquiry on trafficking.
Washington, DC – Last night, Republicans on the House Rules Committee disallowed an amendment offered by Congresswoman Robin Kelly that would have required airlines offering discounted rates to NRA members to post that information on the front page of their website.
“Gun violence has reached epidemic levels in America. Families deserve to know if their vacation fund is going to a company that offers perks to an organization which actively stifles gun violence research and gun safety policies,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly.
CHICAGO – A group of young activists in Chicago met and rallied today calling for better lives and safer streets in the city.
Young activists and their adult mentors conferring about Chicago’s South and West Sides.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly called the meeting, saying these young leaders must demand anti-violence resources.
“We cannot continue like this. We’re losing a generation of young people,” Kelly said.
Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Johnson have been touting progress reducing shootings on the South and West sides.