‘I was coming to terms with dying’: Survivors of shootings give Supreme Court justices firsthand account of their experiences

‘I was coming to terms with dying’: Survivors of shootings give Supreme Court justices firsthand account of their experiences

Getty Images Joe Raedle/Getty Images Margarita Lasalle (R) By Rachel Janfaza, CNN Survivors of shootings are giving the Supreme Court justices a first hand account of their experiences in a brief filed Tuesday in a case that could impact concealed carry and Second Amendment laws across the country. In hopes of influencing the court’s decision on a New York concealed carry law, the “friend of the court” brief shares the stories of eight people whose lives have been directly affected by gun violence. It was filed by law firm Hogan Lovells for March For Our Lives — the youth-led gun violence prevention organization founded by students following the 2018 deadly school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In part, the brief includes the detailed experience of Samantha Mayor, who was shot in the knee. According to the brief, Mayor, who was 16-years-old and a junior at the time, was at first, “dazed and in disbelief,” and she did not realize she had been shot until her teacher called to report the number of students who had been injured in her classroom. Only then did Mayor “look down, notice a hole in her leggings, and realize that she had been shot. Blood poured out of the hole in her kneecap and onto the tiled floor,” the brief says. “I started telling myself that it was okay. I was coming to terms with dying,” Mayor said in the brief, describing the aftermath of the shooting. Mayor’s […]

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