The US Congress faces the horror of the Texas massacre

(Washington) ‘I don’t want it to happen again’: Waters Cirillo, the girl who covered herself in her friend’s blood to escape a Texas school massacre, testified Wednesday before the US Congress, more than ever under pressure to adopt gun control measures motorcycles.

Posted at 12:15pm
Updated at 3:28 PM.

Camille Camdessus
France media agency

On May 24, an 18-year-old high school student with an assault rifle killed 19 students and two teachers at a school in Ovaldi, a town west of San Antonio.

The shooter said “good night” to my teacher and shot her in the head. Then he shot some of my classmates and board of directors,” and the 11-year-old testified during a Capitol hearing on the “epidemic of gun violence.”

“When I got close to the backpacks, he shot my friend who was right next to me and I thought he was going back into the room,” the little girl with glasses said in the video broadcast comments.

“So I took some blood and smeared it all over… I was silent, then I grabbed my teacher’s phone and called [le numéro d’urgence] 911.”

Miah Cerrillo confirmed that she no longer feels safe at school.

“I don’t want this to happen again,” she pleaded.

His father Miguel, present at the hearing, said in tears that Waters “is no longer the little girl he used to play with.”

“Schools are no longer safe, something has to change,” he pleaded.

“stubbornness” or “negativity”

And the United States Congress, which is currently debating limited gun regulation after decades of inaction, has also faced testimony by Roy Guerrero, Ovald’s pediatrician, who described children’s bodies as “smashed” and “headless,” “ripped to shreds.” of lead.

“What I can’t understand is whether our politicians have let us down because of stubbornness, negativity, or both,” he said.

Zenita Everhart, whose 21-year-old son survived the racist massacre at a Buffalo supermarket last month, also defied elected officials.

My son Zaire has a hole in the right side of his neck, two in his back, and one in his left leg, due to a ball hitting a ball. [fusil d’assaut] AR-15. While cleaning his wounds, I could still feel the bullet cut in his back.”

“Now I want you to imagine exactly this scenario for one of your children.”

US President Joe Biden has repeatedly promised to act against this horrific scourge that successive governments have so far been unable to eradicate. But in a country where one in three adults owns at least one firearm, conservatives are staunchly opposed to any actions that could infringe on the rights of “law-abiding citizens.”

Joe Biden’s narrow majority in Congress does not allow him to pass the gun bill alone, so the challenge is to find measures that can win Republican support.

Senate Negotiations

Discussions in the Senate are currently revolving around limited proposals, such as criminal or psychological background checks for individual gun purchasers, which the associations have been doing for years.

Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that the Senate will vote on “actions to regulate firearms,” ​​without giving further details.

At the same time, the House of Representatives is debating another major bill that, among other things, would ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles to those under 21 and the sale of high-capacity magazines.

Those measures will be put to a vote on Wednesday evening, but the Republican opposition is under heavy criticism. It therefore seems impossible to pass the Senate stage, where the support of 10 governors is necessary due to qualified majority rules.

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