RICHTON PARK --(ENEWSPF)--January 8, 2013. Robin Kelly, candidate for Illinois’ second Congressional district, released her first web video, entitled “Enough,” which highlights her commitment to ending the epidemic of gun violence ravaging Chicago and the Southland.
Building upon her more than a decade of leadership fighting gun violence, Kelly made it clear in her announcement speech on December 2 that she considered enacting smart gun legislation a top priority for the next Representative of Illinois’ second district, drawing a clear contrast between her and her opponents.
The video is available on Youtube at http://youtu.be/WjLthj_GwpU
The pledge can be found at http://robinkellypledge.com/
TRANSCRIPT OF “ENOUGH”:
"An explosion of violence in the heart of the country”
“You could hear the gunfire ring out on the Virginia Tech campus”
“Breaking news coming to us from Northern Illinois University”
“Two heavily armed Columbine students”
“U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona”
“Inside a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee”
“Multiple shooting at a movie theater. People have been killed.”
“Breaking news of a shooting at an elementary school”
“Sandy Hook Elementary”
“20 small children and several adults”
“The killer armed for mass murder, with two pistols and a military style rifle”
“It’s heartbreaking. There are kids dying every day. As a mother, you think, ‘What if that was my child?’
“Sadly, our neighborhoods are no strangers to the worst kind of gun violence.”
“More Americans are being killed in Chicago than Afghanistan”
“Violent weekend in Chicago”
“9 dead, 37 wounded”
“21 people were wounded”
“A 15 year old girl was also shot”
“A 7 year old”
“A 3 year old”
“South suburban Harvey”
“Shot and killed while playing on the front porch”
“Walked up and fired 10 times”
“Every one of us has been touched in some way.
“It’s why I have spent my career trying to end this brutal reality.
“The first bill I introduced as State Representative banned straw man purchases of deadly weapons, stopping criminals from using others to buy their guns for them.
“And yet our courts vote to allow concealed weapons near our schools, and in our parks?
“Politicians look the other way as weapons intended from the battlefield flood into our streets,
“And the NRA proposes measures that would turn our schools into armed camps.”
[Clip of Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association press conference]
“We should put armed security in every school.”
“We all need to say, ‘Enough is enough.’
“I’ve issued the following pledge:
“If elected to Congress, I will
1. Pass a strong, comprehensive ban on assault weapons.
2. Eliminate the gun show loophole.
3. Ban the use of high capacity ammunition magazines, like those used in Newtown and Aurora.
4. Pledge never to receive support from organizations, like the NRA, that oppose reasonable gun safety legislation.
5. Support current laws that prohibit conceal and carry permits.
“While we don’t know who will represent this community in Congress, we do know that we must speak with one voice on this critical issue.
“That’s why I am asking each of my colleagues in this race to join this pledge.
“And I am asking you to join me as well.
“If we succeed in saving even one life, then it is worth it.”