House Oversight And Reform Committee Holds Hearing On Mass Murders In Buffalo and Uvalde

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 8, 2022)—Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, held a hearing to today to examine gun violence in the United States. Committee members heard testimony from the Uvalde fourth-grader who covered herself in her dead classmate’s blood and played dead. 

Congressman Andy Biggs said “this morning, the House Oversight and Reform Committee will hold a hearing on gun violence. While I have no objection to holding a congressional hearing that considers crime, violence, and guns in America, I object strongly to the Democrats’ exploitation of children who have been victimized so recently in Uvalde.”
Miah Cerrillo was brought to testify before the Committee this morning was recently victimized and traumatized. The Chair of this committee is re-victimizing and re-traumatizing this child for political purposes,” added Biggs.
“Adults I interviewed who were inside the Uvalde school after the massacre were highly traumatized, even with their professional training and experience. They sought counseling and intervention,” said Biggs
“A child of tender years, brought before this Committee to re-live the horror of the Uvalde murders is tantamount to child abuse and will no doubt add to the post-traumatic stress of the child going forward.
It is despicable that Chairwoman Maloney, locked in a bitter political struggle with the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, has chosen to add to the trauma of a child victim for what appears to be crass and cynical political purposes,” Biggs said.
Because of my objection, I will not physically attend the first panel of this Committee hearing, but will instead watch via television. I will attend and participate in the second panel, said Biggs.

Hearing Highlights:

  • Representative Jody Hice, Republican of Georgia, asked Mayor Eric Adams of New York City if it was true that, despite being illegal for many people to carry a gun in the city, police are finding and seizing them in “record numbers.” Mr. Adams replied that it was true, and then quipped: “And many come from Georgia.”
  • Mayor Eric Adams of New York City called for bipartisan gun control legislation, a ban on assault weapons and federal aid to help cities and states address the root causes of violence during testimony on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee.
  • “When the federal government acts in haste, the room for error is exponentially compounded,” said Representative Virginia Foxx, Republican of North Carolina, as she urged her colleagues to be cautious about acting on the issue of gun violence.
  • Representative Pete Sessions, Republican of Texas, urged lawmakers to speak with more experts before passing any gun control legislation. He also said students might benefit if there was more focus on speaking with one another and “taking time every day to be nice to each other.” Doing so, he said, could allow students or teachers to “identify people who have problems.”
  • Representative Stephen Lynch, Democrat of Massachusetts, quoted from a New York Times report that found that if the major gun control proposals being considered in Congress had been law since 1999, “four gunmen younger than 21 would have been blocked from legally buying the rifles they used in mass shootings.”


Source: Various news outlets contributed to the article.


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