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Shots rang out as St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones discussed gun violence prevention.  she didn’t flinch

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Shots rang out as St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones discussed gun violence prevention. she didn’t flinch

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“My son and I fall asleep every night to the sound of the lullaby gunshots in the distance,” Jones said, answering a question about whether she felt safe. “It’s a part of my life now and it shouldn’t be.”

Ahead of the press conference, Jones and Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas participated in a panel discussion on how gun violence is affecting their cities.

“The sound of gunshots is also common in too many parts of my city; something that I have come to know from my youth. The gunshots today have reminded us of the reality to which so many our sisters, brothers and babies face every day and the need for change “, Lucas wrote in a tweet.
National rates of gun violence were 30% higher during a 13-month pandemic period compared to the same period the year before, a study published last week in the journal Scientific Reports showed.

“We found a strong association between the period of the Covid-19 pandemic and an increase in gun violence in the United States compared to the pre-pandemic period,” wrote the authors from the Penn State College of Medicine.

Researchers looked at daily police reports that matched gun-related injuries and deaths from February 1, 2019 to March 31, 2021. These reports were from all 50 states and Washington, DC, and were obtained via Gun Violence Archive, an independent, non-profit organization.

And Missouri was one of 28 states identified by the study as having a significantly higher risk of gun violence during the pandemic.

Lucas was on a two-day tour as part of an effort by the two officials “to promote regionalism among leaders in the state of Missouri and share best practices in public safety, equitable development and more.” according to a press release from the St. Cabinet of Mayor Louis.

On Friday, mayors joined gun violence survivors in the St. Louis neighborhood of Dutchtown, which implements community violence interruption programs, and toured the community to observe these efforts, the statement said. hurry.

“Advocates and survivors have stressed the need to address the root causes of crime and to treat gun violence as the public health crisis it is,” the statement said. “Their point was further emphasized at the press conference that followed, when none of the mayors flinched as gunshots rang out in the distance.”

CNN’s Aya Elamroussi contributed to this report.


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