Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush sends Letter to Vice President Biden to Discuss Strategies for Gun Violence Task Force

Jan 11, 2013
Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381

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.

For instance, the City of Chicago experienced over 500 homicides in 2012 alone, giving it the notorious distinction as the nation’s leader in gun violence.  Additionally, there are many other Members, including many of my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus, who represent districts in the inner cities that have been terrorized by gun violence for years.  Unfortunately, for far too many of our constituents, gun violence is so prevalent that it has become a horrifying part of their everyday lives.

As you know, Mr. Vice President, this is wholly unacceptable.  No American family should have to live in terror or in the resignation that their lives are in constant danger.  No student should have to fear for their life while simply walking to school or playing outside.  I share your concern over this crisis in our society and I respectfully request that you invite me and interested members of the Congressional Black Caucus to come meet with you to share our expertise, experiences, and recommendations.

I know that you will do everything in your power to help stem this pervasive problem of gun violence and I offer my assistance to help you achieve this goal.  Meeting with Members of Congress who have been working on this issue for many years will provide further insight and will help inform the decision-making process moving forward.

Please contact my Senior Policy Advisor, John Marshall at (202) 225-4372 to respond to this request and I thank you in advance for your consideration.


Bobby L. Rush
Member of Congress