At a community forum in north St. Louis County Monday night, elected officials, law enforcement and educators discussed ways to curb youth violence. In short, speakers said tackling the problem will require a collective effort and include everything from affordable housing to job creation.
Even though the root causes of violence are often complex, Lt. Colonial Ken Gregory of the St. Louis County Police said fostering healthy families is where the solution starts.
“We don’t have that working for us then we have nothing,” Gregory said.
Author and psychologist Steven Pinker argues that violence is on the decline. In, "The Better Angels of Our Nature,” Pinker says despite ongoing news about war, terrorism, and other crimes, violence is declining. Pinker also examines why people are pulled toward violence and debunks myths about violence.
Host Don Marsh talks with Steven Pinker about his book and thought provoking studies and analysis. Pinker spoke recently at the St. Louis County Library.