The Lack of Gun Control in Missouri and its Impacts

The Lack of Gun Control in Missouri and its Impacts

Graphic Courtesy of Diana Jacovcevik A quadruple shooting occurred in downtown St. Louis during a vigil. Two women and one man were severely injured; one man died. “Our city mourns last night’s attack on those who came together for a peaceful vigil,” Interim Public Safety Director Dan Isom said. “One homicide is one too many, and any efforts must take into account the needs of these communities and address root causes of crime – poverty, housing instability, and more – across St. Louis.” The recent shooting generated criticism of Missouri’s gun control policies. 2020 marked the deadliest year for gun violence in Missouri, with approximately 700 Missourians shot and killed by a firearm. According to Kaitlin Washburn and Humera Lodhi, reporters at The Kansas City Star, more than 250 of those homicides happened in St. Louis. By the end of 2020, Missouri had the third-highest per-capita rate of gun deaths in the United States. According to Michael Sean Spence, community safety initiatives director at Everytown for Gun Safety, part of the reason for the increase in firearm homicides is the lack of state-wide gun laws. In 2007, Missouri removed its permit-to-purchase requirement. Since then, the state has seen a 25% increase in firearm homicides.“Missouri has among the weakest gun laws, no background checks, permitless concealed carry, domestic abusers can have and keep guns and there’s no prevention to keep children from accessing guns,” Spence said. According to The Trace,, more than 77,000 guns were sold in Missouri in the […]

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