Gun violence has been on the rise in recent years in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield in recent years. In response to this, Missouri’s own gun safety advocates are using a traveling memorial display that represents the number of children killed by guns in 2020.
44 children had their lives taken this year in Missouri and roughly half of those deaths were in St. Louis.
Joplin Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is sponsoring a gun violence memorial in partnership with the Springfield group.
The memorial t-shirts can be found in a yard at the corner of East 15th Street and Texas Avenue in Joplin. It will stay on display for one more day before being taken down and departing to its next destination.
“We really want the public to have a visual image to what gun violence does to our community, especially to our children and young people,” Joplin group spokesman Louis Morgan told published sources.
Missouri has an average death rate of 21.5 per 100,000 people in the category of gun-related deaths, according to 2018 CDC mortality date.
The state has one of the highest gun-related deaths in the country.