“My son and I fall asleep to the lullaby of shots in the distance every night,” Jones said, answering a question about whether she felt safe. “It’s a part of my life now, and it should not be.”
Prior to the press conference, Jones and Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas participated in a roundtable discussion on how gun violence affects their cities.
“We found a strong correlation between the time frame 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 Penn State College of Medicine.
The researchers looked at daily police reports that corresponded to gun-related injuries and deaths from February 1, 2019 to March 31, 2021. These reports came from all 50 states and from Washington, DC, and were obtained through the Gun Violence Archive, an independent, non- profit organization.
And Missouri was one of the 28 states the study identified as having a significantly higher risk of gun violence during the pandemic.
Mayors on Friday joined survivors of gun violence in St. The Louis neighborhood of Dutchtown, which implements community-based violence interruption programs and toured the community to observe these efforts, the press release said.
“Advocates and survivors stressed the need to address the root causes of crime and treat gun violence as the public health crisis it is,” the statement said. “Their point was further emphasized at the press conference afterwards, as none of the mayors gave way as shots rang out in the distance.”
CNN’s Aya Elamroussi contributed to this report.