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Letter To The Editor: Tragedy In Aztec

on December 15, 2017 - 9:43am
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos
 
Perhaps the saddest fact about the awful shooting at Aztec High School last week is that it won’t be the last in New Mexico or anywhere else in America.
 
Los Alamos High School, where my son is a student, has also faced credible shooting threats in recent years. So has Santa Fe High SchoolEverytown for Gun Safety research shows that the shooting in Aztec is at least the 62nd school shooting nationwide this year.
 
In 2016, the FBI had investigated the shooter after he made threatening comments in an online gaming forum about mass shootings. And yet, he legally purchased a 9mm Glock just weeks before he carried out the shooting.
 
It doesn’t seem too much to ask that a guy who threatens to commit mass murder subsequently loses his right to purchase guns. Requiring the FBI to report investigated people like this to local law enforcement could have labeled him a “prohibited purchaser” to prevent his purchase. If that had happened, Casey Jordan-Marquez and Francisco Fernandez might still be alive, and their families wouldn’t be trying to cope with empty chairs at the table over the holidays.
 
I joined Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America because I am tired of watching the toll of daily gun violence on families. Congress must enact common-sense gun safety laws or these shootings will continue.

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