Target: State Representative Miguel P. Garcia
Goal: Applaud New Mexico’s decision to enforce stricter regulations on gun purchases
With the recent and tragic incidents involving guns, the controversial subject of gun control has dominated the United States and its government. In New Mexico, guns are as common as trees with almost every household owning at least one weapon. Residents carry their guns openly throughout town and even within the capitol, which is considered rare. However, even though the state has such open gun control policies, State Representative Miguel P. Garcia recently proposed a new bill that will require background checks on those who wish to buy guns at gun shows or through private sales. Although the bill has been drafted and altered, it is still a huge step forward for gun control in America.
The bill was opposed immediately by the bipartisan committee members and so Representavie Garcia was forced to compromise and change certain aspects of it. Representative Garcia ended up drafting a new bill that would ask for more cooperation regarding monitoring people with a history of mental illness between state and federal authorities. The background checks on private sales, however, was taken out of the bill. Despite certain losses, Representative Garcia stated in the New York Times: “That was a hard pill [the compromise] to swallow…but if we put together a nonpartisan initiative, we can win over more members of the Legislature and more Democrats will vote for this.”
The bill proposal came after a recent incident in which the 15-year-old nephew of a former state senator was arrested and charged for shooting and killing his family. Although there have not been any large killings like Columbine or Newtown in New Mexico, that does not mean that guns should be so easily purchased and used. It is important to know who is handling such a deadly weapon. The subject of gun control will be debated heatedly, and there really is no way to satisfy all parties in this conversation. But the most important part is safety, and if certain gun regulations can provide that or aim to provide it, they should be commended.
Although Representative Garcia had to compromise certain areas of his bill, the fact that New Mexico, a state that is so open about guns, can get some form of gun control regulation passed is a step forward in creating a better relationship between guns and people. Applaud New Mexico for this progress on gun control.
Dear Representative Miguel P. Garcia,
I would like to commend you on your effort to make gun handling safer in your state. Although the regulation regarding background checks on private sales had to be taken out of your proposal, it is still a good sign that the state can discuss some forms of gun regulation.
The suggestion to increase the cooperation between state and federal authorities over people with mental illness is also a good start in trying to ensure people’s safety while allowing people to keep their guns. Gun control is such a heated and controversial topic throughout this country and it is great that you decided to take a stand and work out some form of agreement on gun control.
[Your Name Here]