Gun violence spike

The New Mexico Department of Health announced today/Thursday that 481 New Mexico residents died in 2020 from firearm-related injuries. This compares to 472 individuals who died by firearm injuries in 2019. The Centers for Disease Control also reported that New Mexico’s rate of firearm-related deaths across all ages, including children, placed the state fourth in the nation in 2019, the latest year for which a ranking is available. The CDC acknowledges all forms of violence, including gun violence, as a public health problem.