The Urgent Need to Address the Gun Violence Epidemic

Meeting Notes: 
The hearing will convene in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building and over Zoom, which has been approved by the House.
Date: 
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 10:00am
Location: 
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
The Urgent Need to Address the Gun Violence Epidemic

Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney's Opening Statement

Washington D.C. (June 3, 2022)—On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a hearing to examine the gun violence epidemic in the United States.  To date, there have been more than 200 mass shootings in 2022.

 

“After 19 innocent children and two teachers lost their lives in Texas just ten days after the mass shooting in my home state of New York, I’m turning my anger into action.  Our hearing will examine the terrible impact of gun violence and the urgent need to rein in the weapons of war used to perpetrate these crimes.  It is my hope that all my colleagues will listen with an open heart as gun violence survivors and loved ones recount one of the darkest days of their lives.  This hearing is ultimately about saving lives, and I hope it will galvanize my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation to do just that,” said Chairwoman Maloney.

 

On May 14, 2022, an 18-year-old gunman, armed with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle, opened fire on shoppers and workers at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York.  The racially motivated and meticulously planned shooting killed 10 and seriously injured three others.

 

On May 24, 2022, another 18-year-old gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and opened fire on children and teachers in their classrooms. The mass shooting, perpetrated by another AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle, claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers.

 

The Committee has been examining gun violence in the United States for several years, and in 2019 launched an investigation into gun dealers that sell guns used in crimes.  On April 28, 2022, the Committee released preliminary findings from its investigation, showing that a small number of gun dealers—particularly those in states with lax gun laws—have sold thousands of guns used in violent crimes.

 

On May 27, 2022, the Committee sent letters to five leading manufacturers of semi-automatic rifles for information related to the manufacture, marketing, and sales of their weapons, to understand how these guns are fueling the gun violence epidemic and to inform gun safety legislation.

 

The hearing will examine the urgent need for Congress to pass commonsense legislation that a majority of Americans support.  This includes legislation to ban assault weapons and bolster background checks on gun purchases, while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

WITNESSES

Panel One

 

Zeneta Everhart

Mother of Zaire Goodman

Buffalo, New York

 

Roy Guerrero, M.D.

Pediatrician

Uvalde, Texas

 

*Miah Cerrillo

Fourth Grade Student at Robb Elementary School

Uvalde, Texas

 

*Felix Rubio and Kimberly Rubio

Parents of Lexi Rubio

Uvalde, Texas

 

*Lucretia Hughes (minority witness)

DC Project, Women for Gun Rights

 

Panel Two

 

The Honorable Eric Adams

Mayor

New York, New York

 

Greg Jackson, Jr.

Executive Director

Community Justice Action Fund

 

Becky Pringle

President

National Education Association

 

Joseph Gramaglia

Police Commissioner

Buffalo, New York

 

Nick Suplina

Senior Vice President for Law & Policy

Everytown for Gun Safety

 

Amy Swearer (minority witness)

Legal Fellow

The Heritage Foundation

Issues: 
117th Congress