U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly calls out Congress for its failure on gun violence legislation

Rep. Robin Kelly  (D-Ill.) spoke on the U.S. House floor on Thursday taking her Congressional colleagues to task for failing to pass common sense gun legislation in the wake of the Oregon mass shooting and the wave of gun violence that has gripped the nation this year.

Kelly has been a staunch advocate for gun violence prevention since joining Congress in 2013. Last year, she released the 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence, the first ever Congressional analysis of the nation’s gun violence epidemic. 

She recently introduced H.R. 224, The Recognizing Gun Violence as a Public Health Emergency Act, which would require the U.S. Surgeon General to submit to Congress an annual report on the effects of gun violence on the public’s health. This legislation would examine gun violence in America as a public health threat, investigating the physical, emotional, societal and economic impact of the epidemic.

A growing body of research suggests that gun violence is a public health epidemic and that repeated exposure to shootings in urban areas, such as Chicago, causes trauma that is akin to the trauma suffered by soldiers in war zones.

 

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