This is a workable solution to a very specific but troubling “loophole” in the national debate around increased calls for smarter and safer gun laws. A vast majority of mass shooters in some of the deadliest attacks in the last decade have been flagged for domestic violence in their past and yet have still been able to buy firearms with shockingly little oversight.
I went to bed Sunday night thinking two people had been shot in an active shooter situation in my hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. I didn’t give the situation much thought – active shooter situations are an almost daily occurrence in the U.S. In fact, 273 people have been killed in mass shootings in the U.S. in just the past 280 days, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
I woke up this morning to the worst mass shooting that has ever occurred in our great Republic. As I write this, almost 60 souls are known to have perished, with an almost inconceivable 515 additional people wounded. My city was massacred.
According to Everytown For Gun Safety, in the last decade, in New Mexico, 966 people have died at the hands of a firearm. Mass shootings have seemingly become a tragic national trend, the shock and awe lost in a situation where we find nothing but loss and confusion, questions with little to no answer. What then is the solution?
The results are in. According to Fiscal Note, a data mining and analysis company that developed a platform they’ve dubbed the (GRM), or, the Government Relations Management platform, recently released a list of the Top 50 most effective U.S. State Legislators.
New Mexico appears to be on the brink of becoming the next state in the country to pass responsible background check requirements for gun sales. Now, a new report by one group supporting the effort shows that as many as half of the persons who killed a New Mexico law enforcement officer since 1987 shouldn’t have been able to own a gun in the first place – but there were no laws on the books requiring anyone to check. From Everytown.org:
New Mexico Background Check Bills, Senate Bill 48 and House Bill 50, Slated for Consideration During 2017 Legislative Session, Seek to Protect Law Enforcement by Preventing Convicted Felons and Other Dangerous People from Getting Guns; Research Shows Background Checks Save Officers’ Lives
New Everytown Polling Reveals 87 Percent of New Mexicans Support Criminal Background Checks for All Gun Sales, Including 84 Percent of Gun Owners
NEW YORK – A new analysis released today by Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund reveals that more than half of the people who shot and killed a New Mexico law enforcement officer in the line of duty over the past 30 years – from January 1987 to December 2016 – were likely barred by state or federal law from buying or possessing firearms at the time of the incident. This legislative session, New Mexico lawmakers will be voting on Senate Bill 48 and House Bill 50 – legislation that will close the background check loophole in New Mexico and require criminal background checks for all gun sales to make the state safer for law enforcement officers and all New Mexicans. “Every day, law enforcement works their hardest to protect our fellow New Mexicans, but our current laws leave those on the front lines – and in our communities – in vulnerable positions.
With a new Democratic majority in both houses of the State Legislature and the largest progressive caucus in state history, supporters of common-sense gun violence prevention see this as the year to pass background check legislation. While NRA-backed legislators managed to delay and kill similar legislation in previous years, background check bills have passed in states around the country. This year, State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard along with State Senate Maj. Leader Peter Wirth and Sen. Richard Martinez sponsored legislation to keep New Mexicans safer by requiring background checks for gun sales. New Mexico law currently allows unrestricted gun sales to anyone, in person or online, no questions asked.
In the fight against gun violence in New Mexico, at least one significant piece of legislation filed this year aimed specifically at keeping guns out of the wrong hands. With a new Democratic majority in both houses of the State Legislature and the largest progressive caucus in state history, supporters of common-sense gun violence prevention see this as the year to pass background check legislation. While NRA-backed legislators managed to delay and kill similar legislation in previous years, background check bills have passed in states around the country. This year, State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard along with State Senate Maj. LeaderPeter Wirth and Sen. Richard Martinez sponsored legislation to keep New Mexicans safer by requiring background checks for gun sales.