Shame on us for not doing more about gun violence

Shame on us for not doing more about gun violence

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Multiple shootings St. Louis police occupied

St. Louis police search of shell casings on Friday, May 11, 2018, in the 1400 block of N. 9th in downtown St. Louis after shots were fired on a busy night of gunfire for the department. There were no victims at this shooting. Photo by Christian Gooden,

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of crazy. This applies to the out-of-control gun violence in St. Louis.

We need to do something we are not now doing. I understand Alderman Brandon Bosley’s call for the National Guard to deploy, as living here in the "Wild, Wild West" of gun violence can no longer be tolerated. While I am a strong supporter of individual liberties, maybe in this environment “stop-and-frisk” is a necessary tool. I am a strong supporter of Aldermanic President Lewis Reed’s call for an “Operation Ceasefire” initiative here in St. Louis.

This program has had dramatic results in reducing gun violence in many other cities, yet those who could make it happen here, don’t.

If children are shot and killed, and we don’t change what we are doing, shame on us all.

James G. Sahaida • St. Louis

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