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This slaughter must end

St. Louis American - 5/16/2018

From 2001 to 2010 Missouri had the sixth highest number of gun fatalities among children, 2.9 deaths per 100,000. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports adds that in 2010 alone, 62 perished.

Recent cases include, among many, 16-year-old James Scales from Beaumont High School who was shot to death in September while waiting at a school bus stop. Scales had seen another teen, Dwayne Clanton, gunned down the previous December.

Last month Jermon Perry, age seven, was accidentally killed at his home in South St. Louis by his five-year-old brother who had had found his father's registered pistol in a drawer.

Missourians want common sense gun laws while preserving 2nd Amendment rights. Reasonable legislation should include strengthening background checks, better gun safety education, reasonable legislation limiting guns in public places, and cessation of fraudulent purchases and firearms trafficking.

This slaughter must end. We can no longer look the other way. Contact your local representative (house.mo.gov) and senator (senator.mo.gov) about this vital issue.

Frances Purcell Fanning, member

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, STL

St. Louis

 
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