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Zeneta Everhart testifies at a House hearing

Zeneta Everhart—the mother of Zaire Goodman, who was wounded in the racist mass shooting in Buffalo last month— testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on June 8, 2022. (Photo: Jason Andrew-Pool/Getty Images)

WATCH: Mother of Buffalo Victim Invites Lawmakers to Help 'Clean' Son's Bullet Wounds Caused by AR-15

"My son, Zaire, has a hole in the right side of his neck, two on his back, and another on his left leg," said Zeneta Everhart. "Now I want you to picture that exact scenario for one of your children."

Jake Johnson

Zeneta Everhart, whose 21-year-old son was shot in the neck and back during a racist massacre in Buffalo last month, told members of Congress at a House hearing Wednesday that if listening to her testimony doesn't compel them to take action against gun violence, they should visit her home to help "clean Zaire's wounds so that you may see up close the damage that has been caused."

"To the lawmakers who feel that we do not need stricter gun laws, let me paint a picture for you: My son, Zaire, has a hole in the right side of his neck, two on his back, and another on his left leg, caused by an exploding bullet from an AR-15," said Everhart, fighting back tears.

"As I clean his wounds, I can feel pieces of that bullet in his back," she continued. "Shrapnel will be left inside of his body for the rest of his life. Now I want you to picture that exact scenario for one of your children."

"As an elected official, it is your duty to draft legislation that protects Zaire and all of the children and citizens in this country," Everhart added. "Commonsense gun laws are not about your personal feelings or beliefs. You are elected because you have been chosen and are trusted to protect us. But let me say to you here today: I do not feel protected. No citizen needs an AR-15."

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