Just weeks after several high-profile mass shootings — including one at the Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and another at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school — the House Committee on Oversight and Reform is holding a hearing to examine the gun violence epidemic in the U.S.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the committee, said in a release that the hearing is meant to “examine the terrible impact of gun violence and the urgent need to rein in the weapons of war used to perpetrate these crimes.”
Family members of victims and survivors of both the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde have been invited to appear before the committee — both in-person and virtually — to discuss the importance of enacting stronger gun control measures.
Among those scheduled to speak at the Wednesday hearing are 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo, a student in Uvalde who covered herself in her dead classmate’s blood in an effort to avoid being shot; the mother of a 20-year-old man shot in Buffalo; and the parents of a 10-year-old girl who was shot and killed in Uvalde.
“It is my hope that all my colleagues will listen with an open heart as gun violence survivors and loved ones recount one of the darkest days of their lives,” Maloney said in the release. “This hearing is ultimately about saving lives, and I hope it will galvanize my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation to do just that.”