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Greuel TV ad calls for end to gun violence, references Sandy Hook

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In her first television spot of the runoff campaign, mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel calls for an end to gun violence by referencing the December shooting that killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school.  

"We could all have our own Sandy Hook," Greuel says in the commercial. "For me, it was a gunman with an assault weapon firing on children at a Jewish community center and a murder-suicide with a semi-automatic at our family business."

That first reference is to the 1999 shooting at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. Five people were injured and a postal worker was later killed by the gunman, Buford O. Furrow, Jr. The campaign says Greuel grew up blocks away from the community center. 

The murder-suicide Greuel talks about in the ad occurred in 1992. 

In the TV spot, Greuel pledges a partnership between parents and police to keep guns and gangs out of schools, and to beef up mental health services. The city's Health & Human Services Department does not currently offer mental health services, which are primarily handled by L.A. County.

Greuel's campaign is not proposing new spending. According to a campaign spokesman, Greuel "wants to see better coordination between the county and the city so people in need of mental health get the care they need, and start a discussion about how else we can improve access to these services." 


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