The girl managed to survive by playing dead. She told Nation World News through tears that she and her fourth-grade classmates were watching the Disney movie “Lilo and Stitch” when the gunman walked in and massacred 17 children and 2 teachers.
Miah Cerrillo sustained a gunshot wound to her back, but in the confusion, she and a friend managed to get a teacher’s cell phone and call for help. She said that she did not understand why the police had not rushed in to rescue them.
The girl’s remarks begin at 10 a.m. ET as part of a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing, called ‘The urgent need to address the epidemic of armed violence’.
Felix and Kimberly Rubio, the parents of Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, one of the girls killed in the shooting, will also testify at the hearing.
Earlier that day, Alexandria had received a certificate for her excellent grades and an award for being a good citizen. Her parents said goodbye to her at school after the ceremony, without imagining that it would be the last day of her life.
One of the pediatricians who assisted the children injured in the shooting will also participate in the hearing.
This hearing follows a wave of mass shootings that have brought the debate about firearms back on the table.
Carolyn Maloney, Democratic Rep. of New York and chair of the committee, said that with the hearing the panel seeks to examine “the terrible impact of gun violence and the urgent need to control the weapons of war used to perpetrate these crimes.”
“After 19 innocent children and two teachers lost their lives in Texas just 10 days after the mass shooting in my home state of New York, I am turning my anger into action,” he said in a statement.
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“We spent hours with hundreds of family members who were broken, whose lives will never be the same again,” the president said. “After Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after Charleston, after Orlando, after Las Vegas, after Parkland, nothing has been done. This time that cannot be true. This time we must do something,” he emphasized. .
That same day, after hours of heated debate in which a Florida congressman showed off his collection of handguns during a video call, the House Judiciary Committee passed a measure that would raise the minimum age to buy certain semi-automatic weapons to 21 and ban high-capacity magazines.
The legislation, called the ‘Law for the Protection of Our Children’, was passed along party lines, 25-19, and has been sent to the full Lower House for a vote. While Democrats have a majority in both chambers, this bill is not expected to get the necessary 60 votes in the Senate.