Addressing gun violence: We must raise a collective voice

Andrew D. Martin, chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis

 

“Children in St. Louis have been killed at 10 times the national rate.”

That was a heart-wrenching news headline that should cause us all to sit up and take notice. Reading these words makes it become abundantly clear that the impact of gun violence in this region we call home has reached crisis proportions.

Any life lost is tragic. But even more alarming is the staggering number of young lives lost. The collective loss just this year is equivalent to some of the worst mass shootings in our country’s history. This has unfortunately become our reality. And it is imperative that we take action now to shape a new future.

Read the full piece in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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