Gun violence can’t be ignored

Gun violence can’t be ignored

In New Mexico, guns have played an integral role in our state’s history, and they continue to be an important part of many people’s lives, for both hunting and for personal protection. And yet, despite the great respect most of our citizens have for the firearms they possess, we have not been immune to school violence. Both Roswell and Aztec have grieved following deadly school shootings, Clovis suffered a fatal shooting in its public library, and this month there was an initial panic that the Santa Fe tragedy was occurring in our own capital city. The United States Supreme Court, in the 2007 Heller vs. DC case, found, “on the basis of both text and history, that the Second Amendment conferred an individual right to keep and bear arms.” The court found this right to protect those weapons typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes. However, the Supreme Court also reminds us that no right is unlimited, and that “nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or . . . laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.” I was raised by two teachers and was a teacher myself. I am married to an educator, and our daughter will soon be entering school. For us, the safety of children and the school community is paramount. As a state, we can do better, and we must. No student should […]

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