Mo. state representative calls for immediate action to stop viol -

Mo. state representative calls for immediate action to stop violence

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From a 15-year-old high school student, to a 30-year-old father to a 72-year-old grandfather visiting from out of town, the victims of gun violence continue to grow.

With 22 homicides already in 2017, St. Louis is on track to match last year’s murder rate.

That’s why State Representative Bruce Franks called an emergency meeting to come up with a plan of action.

“It’s time we bring everyone to the table, sit them at the table and dump all the resources at the table,” said the newly elected Franks, (D-St. Louis).

On Thursday night, city leaders, clergy, business owners and community members came together to discuss solutions.

A big focus was on job training. Rep. Franks says a lot of people are focusing on the long-term solutions which is important, but he says they also need to focus on short-term wins.

“What can you offer, but what can you offer immediately?” he asked.

One of the biggest things is that fact that residents want to help out. Joanie Purnell has lived in St. Louis since she was a child and she’s seen her fair share of violence, but she says instead of leaving she wants to dig in her feet and help.

“I’m invested the city, my time my effort my money and I’m very much concerned about the city, and at this day and time, crime is everywhere can’t run from it,” said Purnell.

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