The Urgent Need to Address the Gun Violence Epidemic
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.
The Honorable Eric Adams
Mayor, New York, New York
Ms. Miah Cerrillo
Fourth Grade Student at Robb Elementary School, Uvalde, TX
Ms. Zeneta Everhart
Mother of Zaire Goodman, Buffalo, NY
Mr. Joseph Gramaglia
Police Commissioner, Buffalo, NY
Mr. Roy Guerrero
Pediatrition, Uvalde, TX
Ms. Lucretia Hughes
DC Project, Women for Gun Rights
Mr. Greg Jackson, Jr.
Executive Director, Community Justice Action Fund
- CJAF Playbook Volume 1
- Community Justice End of Year Report
- FY23 CVI Funding Doctor Letter
- Health Organizations Letter re CVI Funding in FY23
- Invest in Us Coalition Sign On Letter re CVI Funding
- Law Enforcement Sign-On Letter re DOJ Funding Community-Based Violence Intervention
- NNHVIP White Paper
- Vital Signs: Changes in Firearm Homicide and Suicide Rates
Ms. Becky Pringle
President, National Education Association
Mr. Felix and Kimberly Rubio
Parents of Lexi Rubio, Uvalde, TX
Mr. Nick Suplina
Senior Vice President for Law and Policy, Everytown for Gun Safety
Ms. Amy Swearer
Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
- Updated Memo for additional witnesses
- Rep. Connolly- Statement for the Record
- UC - Sessions - PS Article submitted to the record
- UC - Rep. Speier - What investigators found searching through Uvalde shooter's belongings _ kens5.com
- UC - Foxx - Why ‘Do Something’ on Gun Control Won’t Work - WSJ
- UC - Comer - National Review Article
- UC - Biggs - The Buffalo shooter was an eco-socialist racist who hated Fox News and Ben Shapiro _ Washington Examiner
- UC - Biggs - Stephen Willeford Statement
- UC - Biggs - SSRN
- UC - Pressley - K12 Organizations Statement on Gun Violence Package
- UC - Lynch - The Mass Shootings Where Stricter Gun Laws Might Have Made a Difference - The New York Times
- UC - Cylde - West Virginia woman with pistol shoots, kills man firing at graduation party
- UC - Pressley - Cops and No Counselors
- UC- Pressley - Preventing school violence: assessing armed guardians, school policy and context