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Parents of Uvalde and Buffalo mass shootings testify before Congress


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Parents, law enforcement and one fourth-grade student will on Wednesday describe to U.S. lawmakers mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, Recent York, that last month left 31 Americans dead and horrified the nation as the most recent examples of massacres carried out by lone teenage gunmen.

Amongst those set to testify before the House of Representatives is Miah Cerrillo, who covered herself within the blood of her friend to play dead through the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. She will probably be joined by Felix and Kimberly Rubio, parents to Lexi Rubio, 10, who was shot to death in the identical classroom.

Zeneta Everhart, mother of 20-year-old survivor Zaire Goodman, will detail the injuries suffered by her son on May 14, when an 18-year-old gunman carried out a racist rampage at a supermarket in Buffalo.

Other witnesses include Uvalde pediatrician Dr. Roy Guerrero, Recent York City Mayor Eric Adams, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia and Amy Swearer of The Heritage Foundation.

The testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform comes just hours before the broader chamber is predicted to vote on a set of stricter gun laws collectively generally known as the Protecting Our Kids Act.

Miah Cerrillo, a fourth-grade Robb Elementary School student who survived the May 24 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, takes notes as victims’ parents and survivors of Uvalde and Buffalo shootings testify before a House Oversight Committee hearing on “The Urgent Have to Address the Gun Violence Epidemic,” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2022. 

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The Democratic House will seek to pass laws Wednesday afternoon that raises the age at which an individual could purchase an assault rifle to 21 from 18, outlaw the sale of large-capacity magazines and create latest rules for storing firearms at homes.

Even when House Democrats are capable of muscle that bill through the chamber, the move could be symbolic since Senate Republicans are united against it.

As an alternative, a bipartisan group of senators including Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, are holding private discussions on far-less-restrictive gun laws that stands a greater likelihood of reaching President Joe Biden’s desk.

Biden met with Murphy on Tuesday to debate his progress in Senate deliberations hours before actor and Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey delivered an impassionate speech for tighter gun laws from the White House press briefing.

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