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Politically Speaking: Examining The Response To A Violent St. Louis Summer

St. Louis faith leaders, elected officials and community leaders gathered at Lane Tabernacle CME Church to address the city's gun violence among children. August 30, 2019
Chad Davis | St. Louis Public Radio
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St. Louis faith leaders, elected officials and community leaders gathered at Lane Tabernacle CME Church to address the city's gun violence among children on Aug. 30.

The latest episode of Politically Speaking takes stock of how political and community leaders are responding to the killings of St. Louis children in an outbreak of gun violence this summer.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Julie O’Donoghue, Rachel Lippmann, Chad Davis and Andrea Henderson look into how city and state leaders are feeling the pressure to act — especially when it comes to implementing more stringent gun laws.

Here’s what was talked about during the show:

  • How St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson is responding to the killings. Since April, more than a dozen children have been killed in some of the city’s most economically distressed neighborhoods.
  • Why Gov. Mike Parson hasn’t accepted a request from African American political officials to call a special session to deal with the violence. 
  • What families of the victims are saying — and the message they have for the St. Louis region.
  • A review of the last time state government sought to help stem the tide of crime and violence in St. Louis.
Politically Speaking

The podcast is sponsored by the St. Louis-based law firm of Capes Sokol

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Julie O’Donoghue on Twitter: @jsondonoghue

Follow Rachel Lippmann on Twitter: @rlippmann

Follow Chad Davis on Twitter: @iamcdavis

Follow Andrea Henderson on Twitter: @drebjournalist

Music: "The Background" by Third Eye Blind

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