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Proposal: Gun Violence in St. Louis

Gun violence and gun laws are an increasingly controversial but recurrent theme in the United States today.  Unfortunately for citizens of St. Louis, Missouri, especially African-Americans, this issue has dominated their way of life in horrific ways, even causing the death of over 17 children as recent as this past year. (Sanders) 

The Issue

Problem Defined

The community problem facing St. Louis is gun violence, specifically gun violence resulting in the death of African American children.  This particular problem started early 2019 and has perpetuated throughout the summer and even into September of 2019.

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Murder CapitalMORE

This problem has become so severe that St. Louis has been the murder capital of the U.S. every year from 2014 to 2019, with the highest rate being 66 in 2017, and 96 per 100,000 in East St. Louis in 2019. (USA Today, 2019)


In 2016, 12 children in the St. Louis metro area died in shootings. In 2017, that number jumped to 19. So far this year, 18 kids are dead as a result of gunfire. (Sacks, 2019)


According to Zaki Baruti, the president of the Universal African Peoples Organization in St. Louis, there are multiple factors contributing to the issue. Problems such as “a lack of economic opportunity, a struggling education system and all-too-easy access to weapons.”

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I am a second-year student athlete attending ACM, and a native of the St. Louis area.

Eli Lashley

The Solution

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I believe that gun violence in St. Louis comes largely from a combination of social structures/behavior.  If people would learn more about gun safety, I believe there would be a significant reduction in gun violence.

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I believe the most immediate effective action that can be taken is to give law enforcement all the resources they need to put a stop to the issue.  Making sure city officials make this happen is how citizens can do their part in this solution.

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In times as drastic as these, I believe that attempting to confiscate/ban weapons in the city might be worth a try, and if crime rates do not go down after a period of time, the ban should be lifted.

Expected Results
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Law EnforcementMORE

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers will be deployed in a variety of roles throughout the city. Six of them, along with a cyber analyst, will be assigned to various task forces that focus on violent and gun crimes. Two investigators will join a federal-state partnership in which assistant attorneys general are deputized as federal prosecutors, and other troopers will be deployed along the four interstates.  This will decrease a potential criminals' area of operation and his opportunities to strike.


Holding community self-defense and gun safety classes will greatly benefit everyone's knowledge of the issue and how to prevent it.  Any proceeds can go toward public funding to make poorer city areas more safe and suitable for children.



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