Children who survived the school shooting are talking on Capitol Hill
Posted on 06/09/2022 06:00
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16 days have passed, and the attack on Rob Elementary School in Uvalade, Texas, survives in the memory of 11-year-old Mia Cerillo. The student was removed yesterday for disarming members of parliament and staff during testimony shown at the United States Congress. A fourth-grade student, she recounted her horrific experience when 19 of her classmates and two teachers killed an 18-year-old boy carrying a rifle and pistol in her classroom on May 24. “I don’t want this to happen again,” the girl pleaded, recounting how she had died playing to escape the attack.
In a statement, Mia said that the class was watching a movie when Salvador Ramos came into the room. He and his classmates tried to hide behind the teacher’s desk and their backpack. “He called my teacher ‘Good Night’ and then shot her in the head. Then he shot some of my classmates and the board,” he said.
“When I went to the backpack, he shot my friend next to me and I thought he would go back to the classroom so I took some blood and spread it all over my body,” he continued.
Mia’s testimony was pre-recorded – she was not present at the Capitol. Representing the child depends on the father. At one point during the hearing, Miguel Cerillo cried in the House of Representatives Reform and Oversight Committee. Two weeks after the massacre, the girl frequently had nightmares. Still rescued from the bullet pieces on his back.
In the video, Mia says she was completely silent for a while before dialing the emergency number 911 with her teacher’s cell phone. “I told them we needed help, and we had to see the police in our room,” he said. More than a dozen officers waited outside the building and the police were widely criticized after admitting that the child did nothing because he died. In the recording, when asked what he wanted at his school, he replied: “There is security.”
As the hearing unfolded, protesters outside the Capitol were pushing for extra security laws to deal with the growing gun violence across the country, especially in the form of mass shootings – in which at least four people, including the attacker, were killed or injured.
In less than 30 days, three episodes predominated Ten days before the Uvalade massacre, a gunman killed 10 African-Americans at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. The attack was motivated by ethnic motives. The assailant, a white supremacist, drafted a proclamation before the action.
In addition to Mia’s account, the House committee has heard from family members of other victims of this year’s attacks. “My son Zaire has a hole in the right side of his neck, two in his back and one in his left leg, caused by an explosive bullet from an AR-15 rifle,” said Janeta Everhart, mother of a Buffalo survivor.
“While I was treating his wounds, I could feel the bullet fragments in his spine. He would stay inside his body for the rest of his life. Now I want you to imagine this same situation for one of your children,” he said. Said the legislators.
Pediatrician Roy Guerrero, who has treated several victims in Uvalade, said he had seen horrific scenes. “Two boys whose bodies were shot, beheaded, whose flesh was torn off,” he was quoted as saying.
A group of Democratic and Republican senators is drafting legislation that, despite its limitations, could be the first attempt at gun rule reform in decades. The package would increase funding for mental health care and school safety, expand background checks on gun buyers, and encourage states to establish so-called “red flag laws” that allow authorities to confiscate guns from people considered a threat.
However, this does not include a ban on assault weapons or public background checks. As such, it has failed to meet the expectations of President Joe Biden, progressive Democrats and anti-gun violence activists.
Even if an agreement is reached, the bill would have to face a split Senate and have the support of at least 10 Republicans who are reluctant to make significant regulatory reforms. Garnell Whitfield Jr. said during the Buffalo massacre, “We are expected to continue to forgive and forget again and again. What are they doing? They were chosen to protect us and our lives.”
Arrested on charges of attempting to assassinate a Supreme Court judge
Washington police arrested a 26-year-old man yesterday, formally charged hours after he tried to assassinate Brett Kavanagh, a nine-member conservative judge on the U.S. Supreme Court. According to documents filed in federal court, Nicholas John Ross of California was carrying a Glock 17 semi-automatic weapon, a knife and a tactical vest when he was apprehended outside the U.S. at 1:50 a.m. outside the home of Chevy Chase Kavanagh of Maryland. Capital ..
According to the FBI, the Californian who was responsible for the incident said he was upset by the mass shootings in the United States and the recent leak of the Supreme Court’s recent draft decision on the right to abortion. Ross was spotted by two police officers outside Kavanagh’s home. Realizing he was being monitored, he left and called 911 to say he was feeling suicidal and had traveled all the way from California to kill Kavanagh. When approached, he did not prevent the arrest.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in a statement that it had “indicated to Ross that he thought the judge who wanted to kill would be in favor of the Second Amendment, which would relax gun control laws.” The White House says President Joe Biden has condemned Kavanagh’s threat in “harsh language.”
Nicholas Rosk’s arrest comes as the Supreme Court prepares to issue a landmark ruling, possibly later this month, in two high-profile political cases, abortion and the right to bear arms. According to a draft released in early May, the court could go the way of revoking federal protection for the right to terminate pregnancy, paving the way for a complete ban on the practice for many states.
After the draft, written by Conservative Judge Samuel Alito, was leaked to the press, abortion rights activists protested outside the home of several judges, including Kavanagh. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said, “Threats of violence against judges and actual violence certainly hit the center of our democracy.” “So last month I stepped up security for all judges’ residences 24 hours a day.”
The court’s final decision will be announced in late June, and it remains to be seen whether it will overturn Rowe v. Wade, who established the constitutional right to abortion across the country five decades ago.
Investigators told the Washington Post that Nicholas Rosek was also outraged by the recent mass shootings. The Supreme Court is expected to rule before June 30 on whether gun control laws could simplify a firearms case in New York.
Brett Cavanaugh is one of three judges in the Conservative branch of the Supreme Court appointed by former Republican President Donald Trump. Confirmed in 2018 after a heated debate involving allegations of sexual harassment from her youth, the judge represents the face of a shift to the right of the high court for many American progressives.