ST. LOUIS -- A researcher from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was the featured speaker. But it was the personal stories by parents of two shooting victims that held a rapt audience at a St. Louis anti-violence summit.
The Safe & Sound forum Wednesday morning at the University of Missouri-St. Louis was sponsored by the local advocacy groups Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice and Vision for Children at Risk. Organizers say they selected CDC consultant James Mercy as speaker to emphasize the need to treat gun violence as a public health epidemic.
The Rev. James Morris of Lane Tabernacle CME Church spoke about his 22-year-old son’s paralysis after a May 2012 shooting at a neighborhood birthday party. Pediatric nurse Peggy Gordon discussed her 21-year-old son’s drug-related shooting death.