Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Gun Control

I know firsthand the terrible toll that crime and violence takes on our community and nation. In 1999, my youngest son Huey was shot and killed in Chicago. For my family and me, our lives were forever changed by this tragedy. I know we are not alone. 

Gun violence is an epidemic in our country.  Over the past several years, we have all seen the horrors of gun violence perpetrated against our nation and many of us have witnessed the less publicized displays of gun violence on our city streets.

I firmly believe that proposals before the Congress to regulate the purchase of firearms do not infringe on the rights afforded by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.  As the late Justice Scalia wrote in the Majority Opinion for District of Columbia v. Heller, “Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on … laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.” (District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008))

Many of the proposals under discussion do not prevent an individual from purchasing a firearm.  Rather, they implement a commonsense requirement (for example, background checks before sale) that has bipartisan support.  The purpose of this legislation is not to prevent law-abiding citizens from possessing firearms, but instead, to prevent guns from falling into the hands of those who may harm themselves or society.

More on Gun Control

Nov 3, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) reintroduced the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2015 after learning of the shooting death of 9-year-old, Tyshawn Lee.

“Last night another Chicagoan lost his life to the city’s gun violence,” stated Rush. “Tyshawn’s life was cut short and we may never know why, but we must put an end to the plague of gun violence sweeping our communities. We are losing a generation to self-inflicted murder and mayhem.”

Feb 7, 2013 Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381
Debra.Johnson@mail.house.gov

CHICAGO — As I read an article that captured the last minutes of Hadiya’s life tears streamed down my face.  An unknown gunman hopped the fence of Harsh Park and opened fire, the word harsh seemed almost too appropriate for what took place last week.

Jan 11, 2013 Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381
Debra.Johnson@mail.house.gov

Dear Vice President Biden:

I am writing to respectfully request a meeting with you to discuss the issue of gun violence.  This week you met with various stakeholders to discuss strategies, recommendations, and legislative solutions to address this critical issue and there are many Members of Congress whose districts have been plagued for years with devastating gun violence.

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