Our country’s horrifying and still unfolding legacy of mass shootings inspires the kind of pain and horror that makes us all want to do something.
That’s why New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf’s impulse to call for the governor to order a special session so all state lawmakers can get in on a state-level discussion about domestic terrorism is so understandable.
But not every call to action is created equal, and it would be more responsible for legislators to sit this one out. Understandable does not equal productive.
A recap: In the wake of the hate-fueled massacres that left dozens dead and wounded in El Paso and Dayton, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced New Mexico would a host a summit on domestic terrorism. Considering our status as a minority-majority state and the El Paso shooter’s claim he was targeting “Mexicans,” we are the right place at the right time for such a discussion.