Fourth-grade victim of the Uvalde school shooting last month has spoken out to tell a hearing that she drank blood and pretended to be dead after the gunman killed her teacher and other friends.
Miah Cerrillo, along with the parents of many young Americans who were killed or wounded in recent mass shootings, testified before the US House Oversight Committee hearing. This is as lawmakers try to reach a compromise on a gun safety bill.
In a pre-taped interview, Robb Elementary School student Robb said that he had told his teacher “goodnight” and then shot her in the head.
She said that he then shot some of my classmates as well as the whiteboard. I took the blood and put it all on myself.
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Milah described how she covered her body in blood to hide from the attack by high-school dropout Salvador Ramos.
The hearing featured testimony from parents of one of those young victims who were killed in the shooting of 24 May.
The gunman aged 18 killed 19 children before crashing a car and then entering school to open fire in one the worst school shootings in America.
According to the young student, she is afraid that such violence will occur again at school.
Uvalde massacre was just one of many mass shootings in the US that have taken place in recent weeks. It left many dead and prompted bipartisan talks at the US Senate.
The talks focused on modest goals, such as encouraging states and other countries to adopt “red flag” laws that prohibit firearms from being sold to anyone deemed to be a danger to the public or themselves.
Republicans support the right to keep and carry arms as it is protected by the Second Amendment to the USConstitution. They object to proposals like limiting sales of assault-style rifles that were used in the Uvalde massacre as well as another mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store, New York.
The mother of a Buffalo Tops shooting victim will also testify at today’s hearing.
The massacre that took place on 14 May saw the deaths of ten people and three more being injured.
Police claimed that Payton Gendron, the suspect gunman, was taken into custody following the attack. This is being investigated as a “racially motivated hate crime”.
After Uvalde-born Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey’s moving and powerful speech to the White House about the need for “responsible gun legislation”, the hearing will take place.
The full House will debate a bill to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21 for purchases of alcohol.
Certain firearms are prohibited and there is strict prohibition on untraceable guns.
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The Senate is unlikely to approve the bill because it would need the support of 10 Republicans.
Democrats have tried in the past to pass broad-ranging gun control legislation to stop mass murders. This includes gun-related violence and has already surpassed 200 this year in the US.
They have indicated that they may be open to smaller legislation to win Republican support.
President Joe Biden called for more aggressive action, including banning assault weapons.