Brad Schneider: Today We Remember Hadiya Pendleton, Pledge To Continue Working to Reduce Gun Violence


Congress should pass background check legislation immediately to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Deerfield, IL – As Gun Violence Prevention Awareness Month kicks off, Democrat Brad Schneider joins gun violence prevention advocates in wearing orange in remembrance of shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton on what would have been her 18th birthday. On January 29th, 2013 fifteen year old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed by a stray bullet in Chicago’s Harsh Park. 

“It is only fitting that today we remember Hadiya Pendleton and the senseless tragedy of her death,” said Brad Schneider.  “Too many innocent lives are lost each day to gun violence. Today I renew my commitment to reduce gun violence in our communities.  Congress needs to take action immediately to pass expanded background check legislation. While we cannot stop every violent crime, inaction on this critical issue is unacceptable.” 

During his time in Congress, Schneider was a tireless advocate for gun safety measures, voting to increase funding for the National Criminal Background Check System by $19.5 million, while also cosponsoring the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act and the Second Amendment Rights Protection Act. 

After Hadiya’s tragic death in 2013, Congressman Brad Schneider invited her parents, Nate and Cleo Pendleton, to attend the State of the Union.  President Obama mentioned her in his address before Congress.