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Mayor outlines 'gun down' program to stop gun crime

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(WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is announcing a new effort to stop gun crime. It is part of the "gun down" program he spoke about earlier this year.

The mayor says the focus of the program is to intervene before the violence happens and to promote alternatives to youth.

The mayor talked about how young victims of gun violence often end up at The MED, where the news conference was held Friday afternoon.

Once they are treated, the victims go back to the same neighborhoods and the same conflicts.

A new liaison for the city will work with each and every young person who goes to The MED with injuries from violence and make sure to follow up, working closely with the victims and their families.

One MED doctor sees this as part of the hospital's obligation as a health care provider.

"When your in an atmosphere where there's life or death, sometimes you're a bit more receptive then," said Mayor Wharton. "It has worked in Baltimore. We think it will work here. This is the one time, when they're strapped to a gurney, they're gonna listen.

The program will launch in August.

Among the services to be offered to these families will be GED classes, mediation, job preparedness, conflict resolution, ass well as mentoring and parenting classes.

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