Congresswoman Kelly addresses Congressional inaction against gun violence

She directs floor speech to Speaker Ryan and House Republicans

information provided by the Office of Congresswoman Robin Kelly

WASHINGTON, DC (May 22, 2018) – 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.

“It’s sickening to me that I am here again,” she said. “…I can’t believe I’ve been here five years, and we have not brought one piece of gun violence legislation to the floor.”

In her remarks Congresswoman Kelly asserted that school shootings have become commonplace in American society and expressed frustration that not one event has inspired Congressional action.

She stated, “It’s only May 21st, and we’ve already had 22 school shootings this year. Twenty-two school shootings in a matter of five months—and yet my colleagues on the other side of the aisle see no problem with this.”

Congresswoman Kelly reminded Speaker Ryan that 93 Americans lose their lives every day to gun violence in America. She said, “Every single day, Mr. Speaker, there is a mother burying her child because of gun violence. Every single day, dreams of college, a career and a family get packed into tiny pine boxes because of House Republicans’ gross negligence. …While the House Majority might not have pulled the trigger, its blind embrace of inaction makes it just as guilty.”

She noted, “Instead of finding the courage to act, this House, this Speaker, this Majority have stood on the sidelines while kids die—and all because of those big, fat NRA checks.”

Congresswoman Kelly notes on her Facebook page, “Another study finds that American gun owners support responsible gun ownership. More than 80 percent support the bipartisan Thompson-King universal background check bill, which would ensure a background check is conducted on every gun sale.” The post includes a link to a Washington Post article: “Gun owners support a wide range of gun control measures, Johns Hopkins study finds.”

Congresswoman Robin Kelly has served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois’s 2nd district since April 9, 2013. Lansing, Illinois, is in the second district.

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2 thoughts on “Congresswoman Kelly addresses Congressional inaction against gun violence

  1. In my humble opinion, the only thing that will prevent this is fathers in the home. All the programs, money, laws, etc. will never work until fathers
    are present. Howeven, no one wants to talk about this.

  2. It is a sad moment for parents to have to bury a child, no matter the reason. I find it hard to believe that our elected officials turn a blind eye to the killing of our youth as stated by Congresswoman Kelly when she said “It’s only May 21st, and we’ve already had 22 school shootings this year. Twenty-two school shootings in a matter of five months—and yet my colleagues on the other side of the aisle see no problem with this.” If she thinks her solution is a long lasting deterrent to senseless killing she is only looking at protecting us from guns. How does she plan to protect us from the hatred that kills? Answer: She can’t,…but God can. If the hatred exists to kill the weapon can be anything, not just guns. Her point regarding mass shootings raises the question of assault weapon availability. But here again, guns don’t fire themselves. There are those in this equation that hold fast to the Second Amendment. We all should because if the right to bear arms is taken away criminals will still find a way to access them. Maybe as a society we should try separating who we are from what we do. In other words, love the sinner but hate the sin. It won’t undo the sin, but it will bring peace. Hmm, peace. Isn’t that what all are striving to achieve on both sides of the aisle?

    Peace be with you.

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