PRESS RELEASE: “Do Something”: ProgressNowNM calls on elected officials to take meaningful action on gun violence
December 13, 2013
Albuquerque – On news of another horrific school shooting, this time on the eve of the Newtown Elementary School shooting anniversary, ProgressNowNM renews it’s call for New Mexico’s elected officials to take meaningful action to prevent another tragedy.
ProgressNowNM, New Mexico’s largest progressive advocacy group with more than 100,000 supporters across the state, led gun violence prevention efforts alongside other organizations in the last legislative session and targeting New Mexico’s congressional delegation following the inexcusable shootings in Newtown on December 14, 2013.
Less than 24 hours before the country pauses in a moment of silence for Newtown victims, Colorado parents rushed to another high school today after news of a new school shooting.
ProgressNowNM’s Executive Director Patrick Davis:
“No student or teacher – whether they are in an elementary school in Connecticut, a high school in Colorado or local school in New Mexico – should be afraid to go to school.
But until more elected officials become more concerned about explaining a child’s death to a grieving parent than they are explaining a reasonable vote to a gun industry lobbyist, we have every right to live in fear of the next preventable tragedy.
Our message from day one has been simple: Do something.
Republicans in Congress like Steve Pearce who stood in the way of reasonable protections for the innocent public should be just as ashamed as the Democrats in the New Mexico legislature who stalled and filibustered those same reasonable laws alongside conservative colleagues during our last legislative session.
Once again, we call on our elected officials to do something meaningful to stand between people who abuse their right to arms and innocent children.”
Quick Facts on New Mexicans and Gun Deaths:
New Mexico is one of the most dangerous states in the country for gun deaths.
A 2013 study found that more New Mexicans died from gun violence in the 9 years of the Afghanistan war than all Americans who died from combat deaths in that war.
Children ages 0–19 are killed by guns at a rate almost 60 percent higher than the national average and are murdered by guns at almost 40 percent above the national average.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Fatal Injury
Data,” available at http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/ fatal.html (last accessed February 2013).
Ibid. (War casualties statistic from the U.S. Department of Defense, available at http://www.defense.gov/NEWS/casualty.pdf
. The number used is from the start of the war to March 1, 2013.)