The country took a pause Wednesday morning as they waited, glued to TV and Twitter, for news from the GOP Congressional baseball team practice shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. New Mexico’s lone Republican member of Congress was at the field when shots rang out and he gave a first-hand account via video shortly thereafter. New Mexico’s Senators and other Congresspersons offered their own takes as well as news filtered out. Here’s a look. New Mexico’s Federal Delegation Responds to #Shooting
And Congressman Pearce gave his own account of being pinned down by the shooter.
Santa Fe – Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, the Tucson-area Congresswoman injured in a 2011 shooting at her “Congress on Your Corner Event,” stopped by the New Mexico State Capitol today to speak with lawmakers about bills strengthening gun violence prevention policies.
Gabby Giffords Steps in to New Mexico Firearms Debate
Former Rep. Giffords visits the Capitol amid Gun Debate
Video: Gabby Giffords discussing Gun Violence with NM Lawmakers
Giffords’ efforts focused on current legislation to require background checks for gun sales, as well as a Senate bill which would require that people surrender their firearms if they’re the subject of a protective order issued by a court as part of a case of domestic abuse. https://twitter.com/NMreport/status/834568473665638400
Read more on today’s visit from the New Mexico Political Report
Gifford and her husband founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, a the gun safety advocacy group after she survived a 2011 assassination attempt that killed six and injured a dozen others. ARS along with Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence and Progress Now NM have launched grassroots efforts to get these pieces of legislation signed into law. Show your support for common sense legislation that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill by requiring background checks for gun purchases.
After new legislation requiring background checks on gun transfers passed the Senate Public Affairs committee earlier this week, the house companion bill, HB 50, today also cleared its initial hurdle before the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee. A combined effort between Moms Demand Action, New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence and Progress Now NM brought out over 100 supporters of the legislation, many who shared personal stories as they testified in favor of the legislation. After over three hours of testimony and debate the bill passed the committee on a vote of 3 to 1 (votes below). It will now move on to the House Judiciary Committee. Join our Gun Violence Prevention Action List to receive updates as the bill moves forward.
Artist’s Respond: Some of Albuquerque’s best are set to take the stage November 14th, 7:00-8:30pm, as a community approaches the creative process, and how it is used to process trauma and violence. DETAILS HERE
WHY ART? “I believe that we learn more about ourselves when we observe and appreciate the truths of another person’s art. I also believe that we learn the most about ourselves as artists when we are vulnerable enough to share our truths with an audience of strangers. Together, we all grow and become more connected,” says Ebony Isis Booth, featured artist at Central Features’ November 14th “Artists’ Town Hall.”
“I think that art and activism are inextricably linked.
With dozens of local voters on hand to watch, the Las Cruces City Council voted yes Tuesday afternoon on a resolution that urges state lawmakers to pass comprehensive background checks on all firearm purchases within the state during the 2017 legislative session! Everytown for Gun Safety and ProgressNow NM teamed up to alert and turnout Las Cruces residents for the Council Meeting. Meanwhile, the NRA made defeating the Las Cruces resolution their national call-to-action on Independence Day:
After featuring it on the front page of their action page, NRA members from around the country inundated City Councilors with (mostly) out-of-state emails and calls in a well-worn tactic to tie up means for local constituents to show their support for similar legislation. From KRWG News:
Las Cruces City Council passed a resolution urging the State Legislature to pass legislation requiring comprehensive background checks for all gun sales in New Mexico by a vote of 5 to 1 with one abstaining. Many people packed the Council Chambers for the debate on gun legislation.
Earlier this month marked the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history — and in the aftermath, once again, Congress failed to pass stronger gun laws. Hundreds of people turned out right here in Las Cruces for a vigil to honor the victims and to demand action to #DisarmHate. In Las Cruces, our elected leaders are listening. But we need your help. The Las Cruces City Council is voting next week on a resolution urging New Mexico to pass background checks for all gun sales — a proven way to help save lives.
Earlier this week, I asked our staff “Can ProgressNow help to build a new coalition of progressive voters who actually asked candidates about their plans to keep guns out of the hands of children and bad people, and will those voters share that info with their friends and family before election day?” They thought so and they built a campaign to test that idea with a few key supporters. Our test got a good response, but then something unexpected happened in DC that made it even bigger: Congress did something! Just as we launched our new campaign, Senator Heinrich joined a bi-partisan group of Senators to announce a new Senate bill to prevent terrorists from buying firearms.
Then Cong. Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham joined the #SitIn to demand a vote on a similar bill in the House (Sen. Udall even joined them!)
WATCH/UPDATE: Sen. Heinrich cited for working
over weekend to craft new anti-terrorist gun access bill
ProgressNowNM | June 23, 2016
READ MORE: NM Dems take part in
NM Political Report | June 23, 2016
New Mexicans love seeing our elected leaders take a stand and that’s just what our new campaign is encouraging our state legislators to do.
New Mexico’s Senator Martin Heinrich got a big shout out today from Senate leaders announcing a new Senate gun violence prevention bill expected to be voted on later this week. Sen. Susan Collins (D-Maine), the chief sponsor of the new bill restricting access to guns for terrorists, made a point to call out Heinrich in announcing the new bill. “Sen. Heinrich worked so hard on this bill. He and I must have exchanged at least 30 phone calls and text messages on this over the weekend,” she said. Heinrich called the gun violence debate as feeling like “groundhog day” in Congress.
Saturday marked 40 years for Albuquerque’s Pride Parade and the turning of another decade of progress for equality in our country. But, less than two years after the historic Supreme Court decision recognizing the right to marry across the country, religious and political extremists are finding expanding support for their hatespeech rhetoric targeting the LGBTQ community. As New Mexicans woke up this morning ready to bring to a close the final day of Pride Week, we woke up to news of the largest mass shooting in American history: a 3-hour “terrorist style” shooting of partiers at one of Orlando’s largest LGBTQ clubs which has also served as a resource center and political organizing point for pro-equality advocates in that Florida community. https://twitter.com/ABC/status/741999256534274049
As investigators sort through the shooter’s past, what is clear is this:
The shooter’s family says he held a particular disdain for same sex couples
The shooter allegedly claimed some allegiance to ISIS extremist
Albuquerque is coming together to honor the victims and demand action in response to the mass shooting targeting LGBTQ residents and supporters in Orlando. Several groups are posting different social media events and posts pushing everyone to a united community event tonight in ABQ.