Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The president issued 23 executive actions and is urging Americans to pressure Congress to pass universal background checks on gun sales, ban military-style assault rifles and limit ammunition magazines. Share your thoughts here.
University City Mayor Shelley Welsch joined the ranks of several U.S. mayors Wednesday when she voiced support for President Barack Obama's gun control plan in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT. The president issued 23 executive actions and is urging Americans to put pressure on Congress to pass his proposed changes, including universal background checks on gun sales, a ban military-style assault rifles and limited ammunition magazines. Welsch, a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, issued a statement through the organization shortly after Obama spoke. "There are 33 Americans murdered with guns every day, and there's something we can do to stop the bloodshed. So why in the world would we …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Legislation that would allow teachers with concealed weapons permits to carry guns in school has the support of Missouri House Republican leaders.
A spokesman for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced Monday that Nixon has sent letters to all 520 public school superintendents in the state, opposing legislation that would allow teachers with concealed weapons permits to carry their weapon at school. The bill for the 2013 legislative session was filed following the Newtown, CT shooting, which left 26 people, including 20 children, dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It is co-sponsored by House Republican leaders, including House Speaker Tim Jones and Majority Leader John Diehl. “Here in Missouri we have a strong framework of laws to protect students and educators, such as the Missouri Safe Schools Act, which passed with broad bipartisan support in 1996. Current law also allows local …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Affton School District employs two armed school resource officers. Thursday, one of those officers helped manage rumors of a violent threat at Affton High School.
The National Rifle Association called for a stronger armed presence at schools across the country in response to the devastating violence that hit Newtown, CT, just one week ago. "The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection," said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, on Friday. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away or a minute away?" See the full text of the speech here. Affton School District schools have two armed school resource officers who protect students and staff—one stationed at Affton High School and one who patrols …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Teachers in Texas carry guns to protect students. Will pressure to do so swell in the Show-Me State? "Which teachers do have a firearm must be kept secret from students and fellow teachers, no exceptions."
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch and police officers stepped up patrols at schools Monday as parents in South St. Louis and around the country debated how to best keep our children safe. Fitch said he is opening the conversation, considering keeping guns in schools to be used by trained staff, according to KMOV. Many believe it indeed is possible for teachers to handle guns inside school buildings, but Marc Perez, a National Rifle Association (NRA) Certified Range Safety Officer, said anyone who carries a firearm must assume a certain degree of responsibility. "In a 'crowd' like a school for a teacher, a significant, professional and extensive additional training would be required for a teacher to carry a firearm. Once an intruder …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Area firearms instructor says it's time to allow any qualified concealed carry weapon licensee who works at schools to have guns available, because the government's decision for schools to be gun-free zones advertises their vulnerability.
Friday's mass shooting in a Newtown, CT, elementary school prompted many discussions this weekend regarding whether school staffs now should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon (CCW). Greg and Loni Pugh teach firearms handling and safety every day from their privately owned and operated business called St. Louis CCW. Their facility and shooting range is located near Lonedell. "I believe we saw the answer on Friday. They give people who are intent to do harm a government guarantee that they will be the only ones with a gun in our schools," said Greg. "Then government officials pretend to be surprised when things like this happen. Government representatives need to stand up and say from this day forward, CCW is authorized for any …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The St. Louis County Police Department’s Affton Precinct investigated two robberies at gunpoint, one of which was fabricated by the “victim,” police said.
Officers with the St. Louis County Police Department’s Affton Precinct investigated two robberies at gunpoint last month, one of which turned out to be made up. A person reported being robbed of cash and a cell phone by a suspect with a gun in the 9400 block of Alpine Drive on August 22. “Investigation returned that this incident was fabricated by the ‘victim,’” police wrote in the weekly blotter report. Just two days before, police handled a robbery at gunpoint in the 700 block of Union Road. The victim was robbed of a cell phone, cash and car keys. For more crime news, check out these stories:
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
For the second time, Missouri is No. 1 in a list ranking states with the highest black homicide victimization rates.
Missouri leads the nation in homicides involving black victims for the second year in a row with a rate seven times higher than the national average. The Violence Policy Center released a study ranking Missouri first out of the 50 states in a list of black homicide victimization rates. In Missouri, 34.72 per 100,000 black people are victims of homicide, according to the study. Firearms, especially handguns, are overwhelmingly the weapons of choice in homicides, according to the study. Eighty-seven percent of black homicide victims were killed with guns in 2009, the year with the most recent data available. Of the 239 black homicide victims in Missouri in 2009, 206 were male and 33 were female. In St. Louis, 125 of the 143 homicides in 2009…