Attending the gun violence hearing will be Miah Cerrillo, a fourth grader who covered herself in the blood of her dead classmate and played dead to survive the Uvalde shooting.
WASHINGTON — Parents of victims and survivors of the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde will appear before a House committee next week to bring home the devastation of America’s gun violence epidemic.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., chair of the oversight committee, said the hearing will examine the human impact of gun violence and the urgency for lawmakers to enact gun control legislation.
“I hope that all of my colleagues will listen with an open heart as gun violence survivors and loved ones share stories of one of the darkest days of their lives,” Maloney said in a statement. “This hearing is ultimately about saving lives, and I hope it will inspire my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation that does just that.”
The panel for Wednesday’s hearing will include testimony from the mother of a 20-year-old man who was shot dead in a racist mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York last month, and the parents of a 10-year-old girl 12 days later in theirs Elementary school shot dead in Uvalde, Texas.
The panel will also hear from Miah Cerrillo, a fourth-grader who covered herself in the blood of her dead classmate and played dead to survive the Uvalde shootings. The committee said the testimonies will be either in person or virtually.
The hearing announcement comes days after the Oversight Committee opened an investigation into five leading manufacturers of the semi-automatic weapons used in the two recent shootings. The committee, controlled by a Democratic majority, is no stranger to investigating gun violence in America. But the recent spate of killings has reached a boiling point on Capitol Hill and across the country.
It also comes after President Joe Biden made his strongest appeal yet for Congress to take action on guns as bipartisan talks between a core group of senators intensify.
Private discussions in the Senate, which is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, are not expected to result in the sweeping reforms being considered by the Democrat-led House of Representatives — sweeping background check legislation passed and will next turn to a ban on assault weapons.
A House of Representatives package debated on Thursday — and approved by a 25-19 committee — is less comprehensive, but includes a provision that raises the required age to purchase semi-automatic firearms to 21. It still has little chance in the Senate.
Associated Press contributors Lisa Mascaro and Kevin Freking contributed to this report.
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