Category Archives: Public Safety

The Line: Shooting Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

NMiF: Las Vegas shooting

October 6, 2017 – The news of the mass shooting last Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada, has shaken our nation. A gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino upon attendees at an open-air concert, killing close to 60 and wounding around 500. Gene Grant and the Line panelists try to make sense of this senseless act, and explore whether there is a way to prevent something like this from happening here.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Andy Lyman, reporter for NM Political Report
Sophie Martin, attorney
Dan McKay, reporter for the Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Do Distracted Driving Laws Work?

NMiF: distracted driving

September 29, 2017 – A recently published article in the Santa Fe Reporter takes a close look at the effectiveness of city and state laws that prohibit texting or talking on hand-held cell phones while behind the wheel.  Gene Grant and the Line panelists use the article as a springboard to debate the practicality of enforcing laws aimed at curbing distracted driving.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Mary Hudetz, reporter for Associated Press
Sophie Martin, attorney