A fourth-grade survivor of last month’s mass shooting at a Texas elementary school told US lawmakers that after a gunman killed her teacher and friends, she smeared herself with blood in a desperate bid to survive.
Mia Cerillo, 11, and the parent of several young Americans, recently killed and injured in mass shootings, testified before a congressional panel on Wednesday, as a bipartisan group of senators set out to see what happened. Negotiated whether there is an agreement on gun safety that Democrats and Republicans can agree on.
“He said ‘good night’ to my teacher and shot him in the head,” Cerillo said in a taped interview played for the House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee.
“And then he shot some of my classmates and the white board,” she said, “he shot my friend who was next to me… and I thought he was about to come back into the room. I found blood And put it all on me.”
The girl said that she feared that such violence could happen again in the school.
Cerillo talks two weeks after an 18-year-old was shot at Rob Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 of his classmates and two teachers.
Dozens have been killed in mass shootings across the United States in recent weeks and sparked the latest round of bipartisan talks in the US Senate.
With Democrats and Republicans deeply divided over guns, talks have focused on modest goals, including encouraging states to pass “red flag” laws to protect people from themselves or the public and federal. Funding to improve school safety to be risk judged.
Republicans on the House panel vowed to defend the right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.
Many of them have objected to proposals such as limited sales of the assault-style rifles used in the Uvalde massacre and another mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, the grocery story that killed 10 black victims.
‘Protecting Yourself from Evil’
Another witness, Lucretia Hughes of the DC Project Women for Gun Rights, criticized the idea of more gun control laws.
“You’re all confused if you think it’s going to keep us safe,” she said. She said her 19-year-old son was shot dead in April 2016 by a man with an illegally obtained gun.
“What about letting me defend myself from evil? You don’t think I’m capable and reliable enough to handle a firearm?” Hughes added.
Opinion polls show a majority of Americans support expanding background checks to potential gun buyers and other steps to rein in gun violence.
But Wednesday’s hearing underscored the deeper sentiments of the debate.
Parents urged for stronger gun control
The weeping parents of one of Uvalde’s dead students urged Congress to take tough measures to control gun sales.
“Somewhere out there, a mother is listening to our testimony … not knowing that our reality will one day be hers until we act now,” said Kimberly Rubio, mother of murdered daughter Lexi.
The mother of the Buffalo massacre victim, the alleged act of an alleged white supremacist, asked the committee: “What in the world is wrong with this country?”
“The lawmakers who continue to allow these mass shootings to not pass strict gun laws should be voted on,” said Zeneta Everhart, the mother of Zaire Goodman who was injured in the shooting at a Buffalo supermarket.
Meanwhile, the full house was debating raising the minimum age on certain firearms purchases from 18 to 21 and tougher restrictions on untraceable guns. That bill has little chance of passing in the Senate, where it would require the votes of 10 Republicans.
Bipartisan Senate talks, led by Democrat Chris Murphy and Republican John Cornyn, include measures such as upgrading school safety, strengthening mental health services and doing more to keep guns out of the hands of those who are legally restricted. Like goons.
Instead of pushing for a quick vote on the broader House bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has opted to devote more time to bipartisan talks.
Democrats in the past have tried to pass comprehensive gun control legislation to stem the tide of mass murders, which already topped 200 in the United States alone this year, and other gun-related violence.
This time, Democrats have signaled to Republicans that they would be willing to accept a more narrow first step with legislation, even as President Joe Biden called for tougher action, such as on weapons of attack. restrict.