Mayor Keller, UNMH surgeon stress need to address gun violence
November 13, 2018 10:42 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and the director of emergency general surgery at UNM Hospital emphasized the need to address gun violence, following the shooting at a warehouse.
"Gun violence is a public health problem and now it's a public health epidemic in our country,” said Dr. Stephen Lu.
Dr. Lu said UNM Hospital was prepared to treat the victim’s in Monday shooting because of how frequently they see shooting victims.
Mayor Tim Keller said gun violence has become care pf a new generation of America.
“They're growing up going through active shooter training and we should never accept this as normal,” Keller said.
Keller and Lu agreed that it’s up to communities and leaders to help curb gun violence.
“When it comes to background checks, safe storage, keeping guns out of the hands of convicted perpetrators that, obviously, is not the case here, but often times it is. These are all things that we can't wait any longer and we shouldn't have been waiting this long in the first place to deal with,” Keller said.
The mayor also talked about rebuilding the behavioral health system and focusing on mental illness.
He said he hopes the state’s next governor and the state Legislature make those topics a top priority in 2019.
Updated: November 13, 2018 10:42 PM
Created: November 13, 2018 09:24 PM
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