The House Oversight Committee scheduled a hearing next week on the wave of gun violence, with dramatic testimony from a fourth-grader who survived the shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, just days ago.
The hearing, on “The Urgent Need to Address the Gun Violence Epidemic,” will include testimonies from relatives and victims of the Robb Elementary mass shooting and the Buffalo supermarket shooting last month that left 10 dead.
It was hosted by panel chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.), who has previously used her committee’s broad jurisdiction to investigate gun sales and other gun violence-related matters.
According to a release from the commission, an initial panel of witnesses includes Miah Cerrillo, the fourth-grader who said she covered herself in blood after the horrific shooting to try to fool the gunman into thinking she was dead.
Cerrillo (11) will attend the Capitol hearing, where witnesses participate both in person and virtually.
Miah Cerrillo, 11, is scheduled to testify at a House Oversight Committee hearing on gun violence epidemic
She described the horrific incident in an interview, telling how she covered herself with the blood of a deceased friend in an attempt to play dead as the gunman entered an adjacent classroom.
She also tried to stop the massacre by calling 911 from a teacher’s phone, pleading with the police, “Please come…we’re in trouble.”
The commission announced the hearing as police conduct was still under scrutiny, and the latest revelation that the sheriff who came to take charge of the incident did not have a radio.
Also on display will be Zeneta Everhart, the mother of Zaire Goodman, who was injured in the attack on a supermarket in Buffalo. Both events have sparked a new national conversation about gun violence and a new impetus from Democrats for gun control measures.
Roy Guerrero, MD, the only pediatrician in Uvalde, and Felix Rubio and Kimberly Rubio — the parents of Lexi Rubio, 10, who died in the shooting — will also participate.
The Rubios called for new gun restrictions after their daughter’s shooting.
Cerillo and her family shared how she covered herself with the blood of a deceased classmate and friend to protect herself during the shooting
Felix and Kimberly Rubio, parents of Alexandria “Lexi” Rubio, have called for gun control measures after the shooting that killed their daughter.
Zaire Goodman, a grocery store worker, was helping a customer outside when he was injured by a gunman. His mother, Zeneta Everhart, is scheduled to testify
“We live in this very small town in this red state, and everyone keeps telling us, you know, it’s not the time to be political, but it’s — it is,” Kimberly Rubio told the New York Times after the shooting. “Don’t let this happen to anyone else.”
Felix Rubio has called for a ban on AR-15 assault rifles of the kind used in the massacre.
“After 19 innocent children and two teachers lost their lives in Texas, just ten days after the mass shooting in my home state of New York, I am putting my anger into action,” Maloney said in a statement announcing the hearing.
“Our hearing will examine the horrific impact of gun violence and the urgent need to curb the weapons of war used to commit these crimes,” she continued.
“I hope all my colleagues will listen with open hearts as survivors and loved ones of gun violence talk about one of the darkest days of their lives. This hearing is ultimately about saving lives, and I hope it will encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation to do just that.”
President Joe Biden made a passionate plea on Thursday for gun control and other measures. A House Judiciary hearing on gun laws on Thursday contained angry clashes, with a GOP lawmaker, Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) pulled out three firearms and rifle magazines as he zoomed in on the hearing from home.
Guerrero, the only pediatrician in town, also once attended Robb Elementary and described the experience treating the injured on the Today Show.
“The most terrible thing, I think, was seeing parents I knew outside screaming and asking me to find their children. You never really get that out of your head,” he said.