On Tuesday, the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh officially began, but not without contention. The hearings proceeded despite Democrats’ call for a delay and Kavanaugh faced some harsh questioning by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
On Friday, Aalayah Eastmond, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior, was one of several witnesses who spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the fourth day of confirmation hearings. On February 14, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killing 17 students and staff members and injuring 17 others.
Kavanaugh dissented in a District of Columbia Court of Appeals case that upheld the city’s gun registration law and ban on automatic weapons, which has led many to question his views on gun control.
Eastmond spoke in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee detailing her experience on the day of the shooting. She spoke about her tragic experience of hiding under another student’s body that had already been shot and calling her mom to say her final goodbyes. She said:
‘I began talking to God. I told God that I knew I was going to die, I asked to please make it fast. I didn’t want to feel anything. I asked for the bullet to go through my head so I wouldn’t endure any pain. I laid there for about 30 seconds still protected by his lifeless body, waiting for the shooter to move onto the next class.’
She made a plea to senators to think about gun violence and they make their decisions about Kavanaugh. Eastmond said:
‘As you make your final decision, think about it as if you had to justify and defend your choice to those who we lost to gun violence.’
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