Yahaira Escribano, a junior at Hartford Public High School Law and Government Academy, attended a Congressional field hearing held at her school Friday. At the hearing – hosted by U.S. Representative John Larson – Escribano asked lawmakers and state and city officials what they were going to do about the black market for guns – thriving in Hartford and cities across the United States.
“It’s just ridiculous that at 16 years old, 15 years old you can go up to the streets and buy a weapon,” Escribano said after the event.
“Just last week I heard four gun shots,” she said. “It’s normal, completely normal. And it’s kind of sick and kind of sad that it has become normal. But it’s part of living in Hartford.”
Last December she saw her friend, who lives next door, get shot in the head – catching a bullet intended for a drug trafficker that a local gang “had beef with.”
Escribano witnessed it, standing out back with her nephews. “Bullets almost came through my backyard,” she said.