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Dallas mayor takes aim at mental health, domestic violence

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Dallas' mayor said the city must work now to make sure a tragedy like the one in Connecticut doesn't happen here.

Mayor Mike Rawlings believes the response to gun violence must be discussed by those in the country who can do something about it.

He also said there will be more information coming soon about a local rally of men against domestic violence and a town hall meeting on the issue of mental health illness, which he called the common threat in many mass shootings.

"Just last month, the tragedy in Newtown caused us to stop and ask what is happening to our society. I too have been sobered and distraught by that horrible act and I've racked my brain to seek an answer," he said.

Rawlings called mental illness a dirty little secret and he said treating it has been historically under funded.

And he said it's time for iron to sharpen iron. Men must send a message.

"Any violent act towards a woman will not be tolerated by the men in this community. And, we as men must collectively have zero tolerance of that attitude of ambivalent acceptance of any despicable behavior by our male neighbors," he said.


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