FARMINGTON, N.M. – The New Mexico chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots network, released the following statements in response to a mass shooting in Farmington this afternoon. According to early reports, three people were shot and killed, and multiple were wounded, including two police officers who are being treated and are in stable condition. The perpetrator’s identity is still unknown but one suspect was shot and killed on scene.
“Our hearts are breaking for the Farmington community and all those impacted by this senseless tragedy,” said D.Baca, a volunteer with the New Mexico chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Yet again, we are reminded by the painful cycle of gun violence that continues to devastate every corner of our state and country. We hope our leaders can come together to continue working to prevent these tragedies and find common-sense solutions that protect the safety of New Mexico families from gun violence.”
In an average year, 492 people die by guns in New Mexico. With a rate of 23.4 deaths per 100,000 people, New Mexico has the 6th-highest rate of gun deaths in the US. The rate of gun deaths has increased 80% from 2012 to 2021 in New Mexico, compared to a 39% increase nationwide. Gun violence costs New Mexico $6.6 billion each year. More information about gun violence in New Mexico is available here.
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