More Crime, Fewer Guns. What Gives?

Rising Crime in Albuquerque New MexicoViolent crime is surging. New Mexico is one of the most dangerous states in the country. Progressive Democrats are trying to strip away the rights of New Mexicans to protect themselves. What’s wrong with this picture?

We are in the midst of a violent crime epidemic. A recent article from USA Today highlighted New Mexico as having the second highest violent crime rate in the nation. In the last five years alone, our state’s violent crime rate has increased by 40 percent. For every 100,000 New Mexicans, 784 violent crimes like murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault were committed in 2017 – almost two times higher than the national average.

The problem is even worse in Albuquerque. Violent crime in our state’s most populous community spiked 68% in the last five years. More than 1,360 of every 100,000 Burqueños was the victim of a violent crime in 2017. Albuquerque is now the third most dangerous city in the nation, skyrocketing from the number 18 spot in just the last half-decade.

Despite these horrifying statistics, Progressives are trying to make it more difficult for New Mexicans to protect themselves from becoming victims of violent crime by passing gun control laws that law enforcement officials tell us will not work.

What is worse, lawmakers from the Albuquerque area – the very city driving New Mexico’s violent crime epidemic – are leading the attack on your ability to defend yourself. Progressive legislators like Daymon Ely, Deborah Armstrong, and Miguel Garcia all sponsored bills to make it more difficult for New Mexicans to protect themselves from thugs and criminals.

Every single day, dozens of law-abiding gun owners defend themselves and others with firearms. The restrictions pushed by the likes of Ely, Armstrong, and Garcia will make it more difficult for law-abiding New Mexicans to purchase and own firearms. While – as has been pointed out by New Mexico law enforcement officials – criminals will always find ways to circumvent the laws and buy guns. Nobody wins under the progressive Democrats’ gun control scheme – except for criminals.

Measures like ammunition taxes, universal background checks, and mandatory storage legislation do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals but do make owning a firearm for self-defense more complicated and costly.

These disastrous policies make it difficult for New Mexicans to remain here. Residents are fleeing our state en masse to states like Texas and Arizona for their safety and their rights. New Mexico progressives are forcing residents into a binary choice: remain and lose their safety, rights, and guns, or abandon their heritage and leave.

Now more than ever, New Mexicans need the right to protect themselves and their families, but progressive Democrats are turning a blind-eye. Their so-called “solutions” will do nothing to stop crime. Instead, they choose to ignore the simple fact that responsible gun ownership is the turnkey solution to resolving many of the issues that plague our state.

If you care and are fed up with anti-gun politicians who are taking away the rights of citizens to defend themselves, you can help keep our freedom by registering to vote, spreading the word about the frontal assault on our rights, or making a donation to help us expand our efforts.

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