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New Mexico governor plans summit on domestic terrorism

Patrick Hayes
August 06, 2019 05:16 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. – On Monday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced plans to bring lawmakers and law enforcement together to discuss “proactive measures” to prevent mass shootings in New Mexico.

“I want to know: What can we do to be a step ahead? What can we do right now to ensure New Mexicans are as protected as they can be against acts of hate and mass terror?” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.

Lujan Grisham’s call to action comes after a back-to-back mass shootings including one in El Paso about 15 miles from the New Mexico border.

Additionally, attendees include members from both sides of the aisle.

Senate Minority Leader Stewart Ingle told KOB 4, “I think it's always good to take a look at all these things when something happens."

Ingle told KOB 4 he hopes to hear from local and state law enforcement and how they’re prepared to handle a mass shooting.

"Because the thing about it is, we just have to look at the folks in the law enforcement world and are in that arena and make sure they've got the support from the government in New Mexico to do whatever they can to prevent that from happening," he said. "If they need something we can do, they need to let us know what it is."

Meanwhile, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, a Democrat, said he wants to make a “New Mexico plan” when it comes to identifying and prosecuting hate crimes.

When asked about the most recent mass shootings, Balderas said, "It's absolutely horrific but the reality is domestic terrorism is in our backyard.”

"The summit will be very important because we can begin to educate the community and educate law enforcement partners. This is something we need to head on and very hard,” he added.

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