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Families and Survivors Impacted By Gun Violence Will Testify Before Congress This Week

Families and Survivors Impacted By Gun Violence Will Testify Before Congress This Week

A fourth-grader who survived last week’s horrific shooting massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, will speak before two congressional panels next week as U.S. lawmakers weigh new measures to curb gun violence. Relatives of victims killed in the attack that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers will also speak, along with the families of the victims of the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York.

The hearings come after the United States, which has a higher rate of gun deaths than any other nation in the world, has seen a spate of horrific mass killings in recent weeks, including the largest mass school shooting in nearly 10 years. More shootings have occurred since then, including at a medical building at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, hospital and at an Iowa church this week.

The mother of one of the 10 people killed at the Tops Family Market in Buffalo will join the parents of one of the 19 children who was gunned down at Robb Elementary school at the House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee’s hearing on June 8th, the panel said on Friday. Ten-year-old survivor Miah Cerrillo will also appear.

Former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield, whose mother Ruth was killed in the Tops Friendly Markets attack, will testify June 7th before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on domestic terrorism, that panel said in a separate press statement.

Next week, the Democratic-controlled House is expected to vote on a bill approved this week by the House Judiciary Committee that would raise the minimum age for purchasing semi-automatic weapons to 21 from 18. No Republicans on the panel voted for the measure, which would also outlaw high-capacity ammunition magazines for civilian use and crack down on gun trafficking and so-called straw weapons purchases.

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