August 14, 2019 

SANTA FE, NM—House Republican Caucus Chair Candy Spence Ezzell (R-Roswell) released the following statement after attending Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public safety summit held earlier today: 

“After the horrific act of violence we witnessed so close to home in El Paso, people across New Mexico are asking how we can stop these situations from happening again. Preventing this type of attack on innocent people will require a comprehensive approach. Focusing on just one aspect of this matter will not suffice.  

“There are some immediate steps we can take protect the safety of New Mexicans. For example, we should increase communication between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to share information on emerging threats within our communities. We also need to perform a thorough assessment of our behavioral health system. Too many people who pose a danger to themselves and others are falling through the cracks. We must do a better job of identifying them and getting them the services they need.  

“Action for the sake of action helps no one. We must develop smart solutions that get to the root causes of these incidents. However we choose to proceed, the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens must be protected.”