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

August 28, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip, today issued the following statement after the recent shooting of Jacob Blake:

“Another unarmed black man in the United States was shot in the back, this time 7 times, in front of his three young children. This time the man shot was Jacob Blake, born and raised in Evanston, my hometown and the heart of my Congressional district.

July 31, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -  Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, released a statement highlighting significant victories for Illinois’ 9th Congressional District and other communities across America in H.R. 7617, the second fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, that just passed the House.