The House approved the reforms after lawmakers heard hours of harrowing testimony from survivors of gun violence. Eleven-year-old Miah Cerrillo described how she survived the Uvalde school shooting by covering herself in the blood of her friend and playing dead, before using her dead teacher’s cellphone to call 911. Also testifying was Zeneta Everhart, the mother of a survivor of last month’s domestic terror attack on African Americans in a Buffalo supermarket.
Zeneta Everhart: “To the lawmakers who feel that we do not need stricter gun laws, let me paint a picture for you: My son, Zaire, has a hole in the right side of his neck, two on his back, and another on his left leg, caused by an exploding bullet from an AR-15. As I clean his wounds, I can feel pieces of that bullet in his back. Shrapnel will be left inside of his body for the rest of his life. Now I want you to picture that exact scenario for one of your children.”