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Debating ways to reduce gun violence

Posted at 8:29 PM, Jan 04, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Republicans say the gun violence debate should not be about guns but instead should be about mental health.

One in four adults suffers from some type of mental illness according to the National Institute on Mental Illness, and less than 40 percent get treatment.

Improving those odds, Republican leaders say, could help to curb cases of gun violence. 

"For President Obama to show real leadership, he'd step out and propose means of addressing mental health challenges as opposed to going after law abiding citizens who are exercising their fundamental rights to carry firearms," said Indiana congressman, Todd Young.

Suzanne Clifford heads up a task force in Fishers that brings first responders together with schools, health care experts and community leaders.

"We looked at education and training for law enforcement and schools -- we looked at how you improve access and coordination of care," said Clifford.

The task force is trying to educate and bring awareness to the problem before it's too late.

Clifford has already worked with other communities in Indiana on setting up a task force similar to the one in Fishers.

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