The US Congress has faced the horrific testimony of a girl who survived the Texas massacre

‘I don’t want this to happen again’: Waters Cirillo, the girl who covered herself in her friend’s blood to escape the perpetrator of a Texas school shooting, testified before the US Congress on Wednesday, more than ever under pressure to embrace control. Measures for firearms.

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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.

“Good night to my teacher and she was shot in the head. Then he shot some of my buddies and sketched,” the shooter said, the 11-year-old testified during a State Capitol hearing on the “epidemic of gun violence.”

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“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 the place… I was calm, then I grabbed my school phone and called (emergency number) 911.”

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

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

During the hearing, his father Miguel, crying, claimed that Waters was “no longer the same little girl he was playing with”.

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

And the United States Congress, which is currently debating limited gun regulation after decades of inaction, also countered the testimony of Roy Guerrero, Ovald’s pediatrician, who described children’s bodies as “shattered,” “decapitated,” and “torn to shreds.” of lead.

“What I can’t understand is whether our politicians have let us down because of stubbornness, passivity, 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 another in his left leg, as a result of an AR-15 (assault rifle) bullet being hit. Cleaning up his wounds I can still feel bits of bullets in his back.”

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“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 gun, conservatives are staunchly opposed to any measures that might interfere with 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.

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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.

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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. The vote is in the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening, but the Republican opposition is highly critical. So it seems impossible that it could be adopted in the Senate.

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