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Circuit Attorney Joyce: Everyone can get involved to stop gun crimes

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Even though many News 4 viewers want to participate in stopping violent crime in the St. Louis area, most are not sure how they can help. Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce developed a website to tell St. Louis residents how they can make change.

"I've had a lot of people tell me, 'boy, I'm so concerned about gun violence, it's really sickening, seeing the amount of people being killed, but there's nothing I can do,'" said Joyce. "And nothing is further from the truth."

On her website, Joyce provides a list of ten ways everyone can get involved to prevent violence, such as volunteering, donating to a youth organization, helping struggling parents or mentoring young people. Most of all, however, the suggestions rely on neighborhoods joining the effort.

"The number one reason we're not able to hold people accountable for gun violence is because the community doesn't want to get involved. I want to make sure that everybody knows, without their help, we can't take these people off the street. It has to be a partnership," Joyce said.

In certain parts of the city, where the phrase "snitches get stitches" is well-known, Joyce says people have to stand up, call police when they hear gunshots and tell authorities everything they know if they witness a crime.

"One of the things I hope to do is work for restoring trust between community and law enforcement," said Joyce. "We can't make any lasting change in gun violence until the community works with us, gets involved."

Other resources of what viewers and residents can do to help stop the violence can be found at the #EndViolenceSTL page.

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