10 St. Louis children who have died of gun violence in 2019

The faces of 7 of the 10 children who have died of gun violence in 2019 in St. Louis.

Regarding your recent coverage of children dying from gun violence: I am beyond exhausted with seeing front pages with precious faces of children lost to gunfire, yet I’m glad you are running them. I feel like our elected officials need to be confronted with the pain our community is feeling. We need all of them — at every level of government — to commit to finding a broad, multi-pronged approach to ending gun violence.

The city of St. Louis can increase funding for the Cure Violence program. Our state government can pass a domestic violence bill. Gov. Mike Parson could show his support for public safety as much as he does for vehicle sales tax allowances. Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley can pass federal laws requiring background checks for gun purchases. All of these things are the very least we can do in honor of the kids we’ve lost and to protect the kids we still have.

Cynthia Changyit Levin • Town and Country