Barber today made the following statement on President Obama's proposals:
I was pleased that the president stressed the importance of improving mental health services and called for mental health first aid training in his proposals this afternoon.
We know that untreated or undiagnosed mental illness has been a factor in a number of the recent mass shootings, including the 2011 shooting in Tucson in which six people were killed and 13 wounded.
Since January 2011, more than 1,400 individuals have been trained in mental health first aid in the Tucson area. This is an important step in improving awareness and education about mental illness in our communities.
I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to move forward with common sense proposals to reduce gun violence.
We can wait no longer. We must do our best to reduce and prevent such senseless tragedies.
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