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Curbing Gun Violence

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Even after years of working in the ER, It never gets easier for Brian Covell.

"Personally I've experienced many people dying from gun violence," he says.

The Trauma nurse has worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since 2007, and has been in many tense operating rooms, as patients get wheeled in after being shot.

"Gunshot wounds cause a lot of damage to the body, you can lose a lot of blood real quick, sometimes it goes in, moves around, hits multiple organs," Covell says.

Between 2007 and 2012, the hospital has seen 210 people come in for gunshot wounds. 61 were from assault, 75 were self-inflicted. Of the 210 patients, 39 of them died.

Covell says while Iowa still ranks behind other states in Gun violence, it still is a concern.

"This is a problem...this is something we need to get the word out on."

He is one of many voices rising up in the community on the cost of gun violence. Another belongs to Reverend Tom Capo, with the People's Church Unitarian Universalist. His church houses not only different religions, but also different opinions on guns.

"Certainly people are against gun violence, but how to go about changing that is very different from each person," Capo says.

Capo says it's likely impossible to completely get rid of gun violence, but there are some things we can help.

"I think there needs to be laws on the books about teaching people who have guns how to use them safely, how to keep them safely, how to keep them away from their children, and how to keep them away from people with mental illness," Capo says.

There will be a street clean-up and March against gun violence in Cedar Rapids this Saturday, on 15th street and first avenue at noon. The idea is to get people together to exchange more ideas on how to stop these tragedies.
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