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.
- 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.