Roswell Shooting Puts Focus On New Mexico Gun Violence

On Tuesday, two students were flown to Lubbock, Texas, for medical treatment after a seventh-grade student at a Roswell middle school opened fire with a shotgun on a crowd in a gymnasium.

There is still no known motive for the shooting, and officials report the gunman stopped firing when a school staff member approached the student and asked him to put the gun down.

According to the Center for American Progress, New Mexico is the 10th-worst state for gun deaths – a rate 40 percent higher than the U.S. average.

“From 2001 through 2010, 2,932 people were killed by guns in New Mexico,” the Center reports. “That is more than 70 percent more than the number of U.S. combat deaths in the Afghanistan war.”

Read more here at the Fronteras Desk.

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tristan ahtone

Tristan Ahtone is an award winning journalist and member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Born in Arizona and raised across the United States, he was educated at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Columbia School of Journalism. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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