Rep. Andy Biggs has accused Democrats of forcing a victim of a mass shooting to relive his trauma on Wednesday after a young girl who survived the Uvalde massacre willingly recounted her experience in a pre-recorded video to the committee. House oversight.
The contentious moment came when the Arizona Republican joined other GOP members of the panel in protesting that gun restrictions, including the ban on AR-15s , were not needed after the military-style rifle was used in two massacres in Buffalo and Uvalde last month. . His comments specifically referenced testimony from Miah Cerrillo, a fourth-grade student at Robb Elementary School, who told lawmakers in a pre-recorded video that she played dead and covered herself in blood during the shooting to avoid the opinion of the killer.
Ms. Cerrillo’s testimony came by invitation, not coercion. During Wednesday’s hearing, many witnesses with personal ties to both shootings called on lawmakers to pass gun restrictions, a call that conservative lawmakers are trying to push back.
“It is particularly pernicious and outrageous to take an 11-year-old child, who graphically described how she spilled a classmate’s blood on her and faked her own death, to have her relive that,” Mr. Biggs to his fellow Democrats during the hearing.
“Today in a watchdog hearing, Democrats used an 11-year-old child who witnessed the Uvalde shooting as a political prop to advance their gun confiscation agenda,” added Mr. Biggs on Twitter.
“They literally made her relive the trauma after she said she had PTSD from the experience,” the congressman charged.
Wednesday’s hearing followed a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on domestic extremism a day earlier and came amid negotiations in the Senate on legislation to respond to the twin massacres. A ban or further restriction on ownership of an AR-15 or other high-powered rifles is unlikely to pass the Senate 50-50.
Republicans like Mr. Biggs in the House have pledged to oppose any new restrictions on guns, but their votes are largely unnecessary for the Democratic majority in the chamber to bring legislation to the Senate.