As campaigns all over the country (including mine) have been looking towards the big fundraising deadline this Saturday, March 31st, I’ve been thinking about something that happened to a friend and me a few years ago.
Back in 2013, I was training with other soldiers over at the Rio Rancho Armory here in New Mexico. I had been in the military for more than ten years, first in the U.S. Army Reserve and then in the New Mexico National Guard.
That day, a fellow soldier and I stopped in at @DionsPizza - a favorite local spot - for lunch. We ordered at the counter, but when we tried to pay, the woman at the register waved us off. She told us that someone had taken care of it for us.
I am fortunate in that I’ve never had family members who have been victims of gun violence. But my community has many. As the former chief federal law enforcement officer in our state, as a veteran, and as a 10th generation New Mexican…
...I've witnessed gun violence in our state and community in all its gruesome horror. It has decimated communities, torn apart families, and ripped a hole through the fabric of our children’s lives. And they are never the same. We know we need to take action.
But we cannot fully address the problem if we don't first understand its full scope. Ending gun violence isn’t just about making it harder for certain people to access weapons. Gun violence has socioeconomic, racial, and gender elements that cannot be ignored.