3 hours ago ago on Facebook
Funeral services for Tamara Sword, eldest daughter of community activist Andrew Holmes and the mother of five young children, will be held today starting at 10am, at St. Sabina’s Roman Catholic Church, located at 1210 W. 78th Place, Chicago, Illinois. The funeral mass begins at 11:00am and I am honored to be delivering the eulogy for Tamara Sword, along with Father Michael Pfleger.
As a community activist, Andrew Holmes, supported parents who lost their children to violence. This weekend, Andrew Holmes will go to the funeral of his own adult daughter, killed last month by a gunman in Indianapolis. #NotOneMore
20 hours ago ago on Facebook
This past Wednesday, Sept. 2, marked the deadliest day by gunfire in more than 12 years, as eight people were shot to death in homicides. A ninth victim — an 11-year-old boy — died of an apparent accidental shooting.
Gun deaths are on track to surpass car accidents as the leading cause of death for young Americans and this is simply unacceptable. Congress must do more to advance "common sense" gun violence prevention legislation to bring peace and stability to our communities.
Last year, I released the 2014 Kelly Report: Gun Violence in America, the first comprehensive Congressional analysis of America’s gun violence epidemic. I urge my colleagues to work with me to implement the findings in the report and advance legislation that balances our Second Amendment rights with the right of all Americans to live free from the threat of gun violence.
1 day ago ago on Facebook
The rising tide of senseless gun violence is not limited to the city of Chicago, but many U.S. cities. More than 30 other cities have also reported increases in violence from a year ago. I once again call upon the U.S. Congress to pass "common sense" gun legislation that will reduce this rising tide across America. We must pass universal background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands.
America’s gun laws are far too inadequate. For example, only licensed firearm dealers are required to conduct background checks, which means private sellers are free to sell a gun to whomever without conducting a background check. This loophole allows dangerous people access to guns.
When 90% of Americans and 74% of all NRA members support universal background checks, it is imperative that Congress address this issue.
America has a gun violence problem. It’s time that we face it head on by instituting common sense gun reforms to save lives. We must act before it is too late.
2 days ago ago on Facebook
The following is my press statement on support for the Iranian Nuclear Deal:
After careful consideration, I have decided to support the Iranian Nuclear Deal. This is not a decision I arrived at lightly. Over the past few weeks, I listened to the opinions and concerns of my constituents and met with people from all walks of life. I heard impassioned arguments on both sides of the issue. It’s clear that Americans want security against the threat of a nuclear Iran. This deal, while certainly not perfect, is the best option available to us in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
With this deal, Iran’s stockpiles of enriched uranium will be reduced. The country will be opened up to strict monitoring, including on-the-ground nuclear inspectors, and the pathways to a nuclear weapon will be blocked and enforced by the United States and the international community. Should Iran violate the agreement, we have the ability to reinstate sanctions. Without this deal, Iran would be free to pursue its nuclear ambitions. We absolutely cannot allow this to happen.
The President has shown strong leadership in seeking a diplomatic path to peace and a secure future in the Middle East and the global community. Pursuing diplomacy over military action is responsible leadership. This agreement blocks a nuclear-armed Iran, achieving the goal of strengthening global security without conflict. It is important that we now come together as a nation in support of our shared goal of peace.