Tragically, New Mexico is nationally ranked seventh per capita in violent crime — many of the victims have been minors.
Criminals (e.g. the Memphis Gang) have flocked and are flocking to our state, because in their own words, “New Mexico is soft on crime.”
Sadly, our state has a juvenile delinquency, including a gang, problem. Even my own, rural county (Lincoln County) has a gang problem (e.g. the Norteno and Sureno street gangs).
As the governor and leader of New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez has set a bad example for our youth by implementing the “Catch the Kid” game in honor of the thief and murderer, Billy the Kid. As a former DA, she is hypocritically touting (Tout: “To promote; to glorify”) Billy the Kid; therefore, she is glorifying outlawry, including murder. “One cannot be anti-crime and simultaneously be pro-criminal.” Additionally, as a former DA, she should know that you cannot serve a warrant to; arrest, try, jail and/or execute a dead person.
Money is the primary reason that Governor Martinez is touting the thief and murderer Billy the Kid. “Avarice usually outweighs morality.”
The next time that the governor asks, “Why does our state have a juvenile delinquency, including a gang, problem,” all she has to do is look in the mirror. Per Colin Powell, “Ask not what is wrong with today’s children; ask what is wrong with today’s adults.”
Remember, the so-called Kid is touted as an “outlaw” and nothing else. We adults, especially our leaders, must set a proper example for our youth by touting lawful instead of unlawful behavior.
There are no issues more important than children issues. They’re even more important than the issuing of drivers licenses to illegal aliens.
Hopefully, the governor will become a proper role model and an advocate for our state’s youth.
By the way, I’m an agnostic and an unaffiliated voter who voted for Governor Martinez. I’m now having second thoughts.
Franklin L. Boren