Gun Violence Prevention

I believe that we have a responsibility to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous individuals, and I will always speak out in favor of common-sense gun violence prevention legislation.  Gun violence is a pervasive problem in the United States.  I often hear from constituents living in the 9th District who feel the impacts of this violence firsthand.  They are seeking solutions to the senseless violence that tears families apart each and every day in Chicago and in communities across the country. Far too often, we witness terrifying and heartbreaking shootings in our schools and communities. Our children should not be forced to live in a country where, on average, 91 people are killed with guns daily.  And where seven of them are children and teens.  Children in the United States are 13 times more likely to be killed by gun violence than children in other industrialized countries.  That is absolutely unacceptable, and it is clear that we need to take action.  I will keep working to pass real gun safety legislation that protects our children and our communities.

More on Gun Violence Prevention

April 17, 2021 Video

I joined MSNBC's The Week with Joshua Johnson this weekend to talk about the recent shooting of 13yo Adam Toledo and the continued need to reform police and enact gun control laws.

March 13, 2021 Video

This week, I talk about the American Rescue Plan being signed into law, updates on COVID-19 and vaccinations, gun control bills passed by the House, and a Women's History Month tribute to former Congresswoman Patsy Mink. 

March 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released the following statement on the passage of gun violence prevention legislation:

February 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, issued the following statement following the House of Representatives voting to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from her House Committee assignments:

“Today I voted to strip a violence-promoting QAnon adherent, 9/11 denier, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic Member of Congress from her Committee posts.

February 3, 2021 Video

This morning, I paid my respects to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed during the violent insurrection in our U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

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