The beginning of the summer saw a tragic number of gun deaths including a mass shooting at a congressional ballgame, another at a UPS Center and a shooting spree that killed five in Northern New Mexico. These senseless acts of violence are, yet again, a grave reminder that our country is at a crisis point when it comes to gun violence. While we implore both our local and federal elected officials to have the courage it takes to pass sensible gun violence prevention legislation, we at NMPGV are working every day to stop gun violence in our state.
It has been a busy spring and early summer for New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence.
GUNS TO GARDENS
We held our third Guns To Gardens Gun Buyback in Taos, New Mexico in May. It was a huge success. We brought in 48 firearms including two assault weapons, a sawed off shotgun and many semi-automatic handguns. Sheriff Hogrefe and the Taos Sheriff’s Department were a great help and made the buyback run smoothly. We plan to hold another in New Mexico this summer.
Photo of guns brought in by the Guns To Gardens Taos Gun Buyback
MURALS TO END GUN VIOLENCE
In June, we continued our Murals To End Gun Violence program at Pojoaque Valley High School with their talented art students. They designed and executed a beautiful gun violence prevention mural on the walls of their school. Warren Montoya from Rezonate Art taught the students how to execute the mural using a grid technique. The students gave impassioned speeches in front of a group of incoming middle school students. The young artists spoke about why they participated in the mural as well as of the importance of kindness the need to take care of each other and not be bullies.
Students at Pojoaque Valley High working on gun violence prevention mural with Warren Montoya from Rezonate Art
Students at Pojoaque Valley High working on gun violence prevention mural
THANK YOU LUSH COSMETICS!
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence received a generous grant from Lush Cosmetics to do three more gun violence prevention murals. We are planning our next mural in August in Albuquerque. The foster children New Mexico Can will create our next mural.
Lush Cosmetics also generously gave us over 300 Bath Bombs to give to our hard working volunteers for all the work they do on the issue of gun violence prevention.
In the next few months New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence will unveil two new programs that we believe will help reduce gun violence in New Mexico. We will keep you posted.
As you know, we are all volunteers and all of our services that we provide the community are free. Our organization depends on your kind donations.
The Board of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence