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Uvalde, Buffalo mass shooting victims’ families to testify before Congress

WASHINGTON (NewsNation) — Parents of victims and survivors of the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas are set to seem before a House committee Wednesday as lawmakers weigh new measures to curb rampant gun violence.

Ten folks have been killed when an 18-year-old gunman opened fireplace in a racist assault on Black customers in a Buffalo grocery store. Less than two weeks later, one other teenage gunman with a semi-automatic rifle opened fireplace in Uvalde, killing 19 school children and two teachers.

The panel for Wednesday’s listening to will embody testimony from Miah Cerrillo, a fourth-grader who coated herself in her lifeless classmate’s blood and performed lifeless to survive the shooting rampage in Uvalde.

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The panel may even hear from the mom of a 20-year-old man who was shot in a racist mass shooting final month in a Buffalo grocery store, in addition to the mother and father of a 10-year-old lady shot and killed in a Texas elementary faculty. The committee stated the testimonies will happen both in individual or just about.

The son of Ruth Whitfield, an 86-year-old girl killed within the Buffalo grocery store, challenged Congress Tuesday to act in opposition to the “cancer of white supremacy” and the nation’s epidemic of gun violence.

“What are you doing? You were elected to protect us,” Garnell Whitfield Jr. advised members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Is there nothing that you personally are willing to do to stop the cancer of white supremacy and the domestic terrorism it inspires?” he requested. “If there is nothing then, respectfully, senators … you should yield your positions of authority and influence to others that are willing to lead on this issue.”

Senators have been meeting privately in a small bipartisan group headed by Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy and Republican Sen. John Cornyn, making an attempt to hash out a compromise that might truly turn out to be legislation. President Joe Biden has been meeting with the group in an try to hash out a deal.

“As a nation, we have to ask when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” Biden stated final month in the days after the Uvalde shooting. “I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. Don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage.”

Lawmakers have been right here before — unable to go any substantial gun security legal guidelines in many years within the face of steep objections from Republicans in Congress, some conservative Democrats and the fierce foyer of gun house owners and the National Rifle Association. No main laws has made it into legislation for the reason that 1994 assault weapons ban, which has since expired.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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