Incident at Cleveland High School prompts more gun control debate in Santa Fe
February 14, 2019 05:20 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A shot being fired at V. Sue Cleveland High School Thursday has prompted even more debate about gun control in Santa Fe.
House Speaker Brian Egolf, a Democrat, said the incident is another example of why state lawmakers need to pass tougher gun control laws.
“We can never guarantee that every law is going to prevent every bad event from occurring but we can reduce risk factors in ways that don’t infringe on the second amendment, in ways that make sure law abiding citizens are able to pursue all their lawful activities, but just in a way that helps our society stay a little bit safer,” said Egolf.
However, Republicans do not believe gun control laws are the answer.
Republican Minority Whip Rod Montoya suggested that Egolf was politicizing Thursday’s incident.
“I’m actually a little disappointed that the speaker took the opportunity to talk about the situation as compared to legislation that I don’t believe – any of this legislation would have impacted this particular incident, considering it is a student,” Montoya said.
Montoya believes lawmakers should focus on addressing mental health as a cause of gun violence.
“I’m nervous that something that is a right, that we have all grown up with and we know is our constitutional right to determine that for some reason, what’s going on today is because of the gun, which has been around forever,” Montoya said.
Updated: February 14, 2019 05:20 PM
Created: February 14, 2019 03:25 PM
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