“Oh, isn’t that wonderful?”: The Mayor of St. Louis doesn’t hesitate when her press conference about violent crime in her community is interrupted by gunfire

  • Tishaura Jones, St. Louis mayor, was speaking to the media about efforts to reduce violent crimes when gunshots rang out.  
  • Jones was quick to react, hardly reacting, and then sarcastically said “Oh isn’t that wonderful,” before returning to the subject at hand. 
  • Jones explained that the sound of gunfire was not something she had heard before, as she was born and raised here.
  • Mayor Jones and Lucas attend a press conference after homicides are down in St. Louis City

Despite gunfire nearby, St. Louis’ mayor did not appear to flinch at a press conference. She stated that she was unfortunately used too it.

On Friday, Mayor Tishaura Jones spoke to the media about her and Kansas City Mayor Quinton’s efforts to reduce violent crime. This was after a roundtable discussion on public safety that took place nearby when it sounded like gunfire.  

Jones didn’t miss a beat, and sarcastically replied “Oh isn’t it wonderful,” before returning to the topic at hand.  

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St. Louis mayor Tishaura Jones' reaction when gunshots rang out during a press conference

Tishaura, the St. Louis mayor’s reaction to gunshots at a press conference 

Mayor Tishaura Jones (right) was speaking to the press on Friday about her and South City with Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas (left) efforts to reduce violent crime

Mayor Tishaura (right) spoke to the press Friday about South City and Kansas City Mayor Quinton (left), efforts to reduce violent crime

A St. Louis police officer walks past an evidence marker near the scene of a fatal shooting in June

A St. Louis officer walks past an evidence marker at the scene of a June fatal shooting. 

She explained that gunfire has no effect on her because she was born in St. Louis and raised there. 

She said, “Well, I hear gunshots in the neighborhood every night.” “My son, and I fall asleep every night to the lullabies in my neighborhood because I’m first mayor in over twenty years to be born, grew up, and still reside in north St. Louis. 

Mayor Jones and Lucas hold a roundtable of survivors of community violence, as homicides in St. Louis have fallen.

According to KMOV.com, St. Louis had 263 homicides in the previous year, while it currently has 161, according to KMOV.com. 

Kansas City saw a record number of homicides last ye, with 156. It currently has 128. 

Jones reiterated her efforts in resolving the epidemic of gun violence by allocating funds after the roundtable. $11.5 Million in the American Rescue Plan funding towards violence intervention programs & youth jobs.  

She tweeted, “The survivors and advocates I heard from agreed that gun violence must be treated as a public health emergency to improve public safety.” “We must reverse decades worth of intentional disinvestment that has left entire communities in our city in turmoil.

Jones was previously been accused by Republican leadership in Missouri of trying to ‘defund the police’ due to her efforts to reallocate $4 million of the St. Louis Police Department’s $170 million budget to other services she says will be used to ‘support law enforcement,’ Fox2.com reported.  

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones tweeted about the incident, saying she often falls asleep to the sound of gunshots

Tishaura Jones, the St. Louis Mayor, tweeted about the incident. She said she falls asleep to gunshots often.

Researchers found that gun violence increased in almost every state in America during the COVID-19 pandemic, with midwestern states suffering the largest increases

Researchers found that gun violence increased in almost all states of America during the COVID-19 epidemic, with the greatest increases in the midwestern states.

According to a new study, despite St. Louis having lower homicide rates, there was an increase in gun violence in the country during last year’s COVID-19 pandemic. 

Researchers at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in Hershey found that gun-related deaths and injuries rose by 30% during the pandemic compared to 2019.

In addition, gun violence in 49 of 50 states increased during the pandemic. Alaska was the only state to see a decline in gun violence during the first year.

According to the research team, the spike in violence in the country is due to stressors such as the pandemic and an increase in firearm sales.

However, there may be other factors that contribute to the increase in violence.

Since the pandemic began, violent crime has increased across a number major U.S. metropolitan areas, including New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Chicago. The national murder rate reached its highest point since mid-1990s.

Some law enforcement officers claim that crime has increased because of a decrease in the police presence after Black Lives Matter and defund the Police protests.

Many shootings in America are not the result of gang activity.