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Uvalde, Buffalo Families to Testify in Congress

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Families at Uvalde shooting memorial | Image by Ivan Pierre

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Victims’ parents and survivors of the Uvalde and Buffalo mass shootings will testify before the U.S. House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, June 8.

“It is my hope that all my colleagues will listen with an open heart as gun violence survivors and loved ones recount one of the darkest days of their lives,” stated Rep. Carolyn Maloney in a press release. “This hearing is ultimately about saving lives, and I hope it will galvanize my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation to do just that.”


The dais includes Zeneta Everhart, 40, mother of Zaire Goodman, 20, a young man who survived a gunman’s bullet through the throat during the Buffalo mass shooting on May 14.

Felix and Kimberly Rubio are also scheduled to testify. Their daughter Alexandria “Lexi” Aniyah Rubio, 10, was shot to death by the Uvalde school shooter.

Miah Cerillo, 11, will also testify to her harrowing experience at Robb Elementary during the massacre. Cerillo managed to survive by smearing the blood of one of her dead classmates all over her body and playing dead.

Other speakers include Roy Guerrero, the Uvalde pediatrician who helped treat patients in the aftermath of the massacre, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, and National Education Association President Becky Pringle.

Tensions between pro-gun and anti-gun members of Congress are reaching a boiling point in Washington as the mass violence in Buffalo and Uvalde has given renewed impetus to anti-gun legislation.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recently commented on the issue, stating, “Mental illness and school safety are what we need to target,” adding that any legislative response to recent mass violence should be “something consistent with the Second Amendment.”

Bipartisan negotiations in the Senate are reportedly making progress in discussing expanding access to mental health services and strengthening school security, according to CNN.

There is a Republican supporting the idea of Congress encouraging state legislatures to enact red flag laws by offering federal taxpayer dollars in the form of grants.

The proposal is being devised by Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal. The grants would be issued to law enforcement agencies to “hire and consult with mental health professionals to better determine which cases need to be acted upon.”

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caseyp
caseyp
3 months ago

I wouldn’t doubt it if the Uvalde shooting was set up by the Democrats. I am willing to bet that Democrats paid for all expenses for every person from Uvalde to travel and testify.

D Hanna
D Hanna
Reply to  caseyp
3 months ago

Yep, I agree. It’s just another ploy (using emotions of people) to push their sick agenda. Give another week or two and this will be forgotten. Just wait for the next mass shooting. The left is going to pull out all the stops because they are losers.

April Lam
April Lam
Reply to  caseyp
3 months ago

“Set up” ?? You mean the Democrats asked the guy to go into the school and shot the school children ?? Do you have evidence to prove your statement ??

Please put yourself in the shoes of those parents who lost their child in this tragedy. Who in Uvalde wouldn’t want the government to do something to stop these shootings. It will be one less burden for these parents if someone can pay for their travel expense to testify at the Capitol.

Does this made sense ??

D Hanna
D Hanna
3 months ago

Congress is so full of crap. If they really cared about our children’s safety, they would be working harder on targeting the criminals. We see right through them.