Clovis shooting: Guns in libraries aren’t issue
The alleged Clovis library shooter, Nathaniel Jouett, who is accused of killing two people and injuring four others, was 16 years old, years shy of the minimum for carrying handguns at all, much less for concealed licensing.
Just possessing the guns was both a federal and a state crime. He also is charged with firstdegree murder, assault, aggravated battery and child abuse — multiple felonies much more serious than violating a gun-free zone. Obviously, whether guns were allowed in the library was never an issue for him.
So why react by banning guns from libraries (“No concealed weapons in public libraries,” My View, Sept. 3)? As a response to one disturbed, out-of-control teenager? Where he was didn’t matter. Concealed carry is safely allowed in most public venues where children are present (grocery stores, sporting events, religious services).
More than 40,800 New Mexicans have earned concealed carry licenses, based on 15 hours of training in safety, gun laws, background checks and live-fire qualification. Licensees aren’t criminals. In fact, armed citizens have saved lives (crimeresearch.org/2016/09/uber-driver).
Nancy T. Bennett has been a Santa Fe resident since 1978.