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Clovis Shooting Survivor Says More Guns Wouldn't Have Helped

Billy Hathorn
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New Mexicans are reacting to President Trump’s suggestion that some teachers should carry weapons at school. Shootings here have changed the way some people think about public safety.

Margaret Hinchee said every business and public entity should have a plan for an active shooter situation.  Her staff at the Clovis Public Library boosted security after two people were killed and four were wounded in a shooting there last August.

They increased police personnel and installed more cameras around the building. Hinchee said she doesn’t believe that arming people is the way to go.

“The whole thing was over and done with in less than 10 minutes. I don’t think having an armed person either on my staff, or a security guard would’ve changed that,” she said.

Communication is critical for better security, Hinchee said, but not only that. “Just being present for one another is probably the most important thing that any of us can do.”

Some students advocated for stricter gun laws this week, while several others were arrested for having guns or threatening gun violence. 

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