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Website Memorializes Victims Of NM Gun Violence

Website Memorializes Victims Of NM Gun Violence

"New Mexico has some of the weakest gun laws in the country and some of the worst gun violence. That correlation is no coincidence."

Concerned citizens Yusef Lovato and Ron Schwartz have created a website to highlight the lives of those shot and killed in New Mexico. The New Mexico residents call the project “The Face of Gun Violence” and with the help of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, they’ve spent hours researching and collecting victims’ stories.

The website couples the New Mexico firearm death count with photos and vignettes for each victim.

“The Face of Gun Violence offers an opportunity to learn the personal stories of some of the victims while providing ideas for action that can make all of our lives safer,” said Schwartz, a retired history teacher.

Lovato, an environmental activist, says his motivation for the website was born “out of frustration with the lack of progress in dealing with gun violence in this state and across the country. It occurred to us that an emotional appeal to the public might help. I thought that if the public could ‘feel’ and ‘see’ the consequences of gun violence, then maybe something might change.”

Schwartz adds, “The news brings stories of shootings that feel relevant in my own life, from a murder within a block of my accountant’s office to witnessing a shootout / car chase on I-25. All gun deaths are relevant and have both a psychological and monetary cost to us whether we know the victims or not.”

“New Mexico has some of the weakest gun laws in the country and some of the worst gun violence. That correlation is no coincidence,” said Miranda Viscoli, co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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