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.