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St. Louis's history of Democratic mayors has normalized a 'lullaby of bullets' – Washington Examiner

The Democratic mayor of St. Louis recently said that she is used to falling asleep to a “lullaby of gunshots.” Perhaps city residents should be wondering why this is their reality and why they keep electing Democrats who find this acceptable.
Democratic Mayor Tishaura Jones touted being desensitized to gunshots while promoting the city’s community violence intervention programs. Jones has only been on the job since April, so perhaps she will be the Democrat who breaks the cycle of homicides and gun violence in St. Louis. But she is also the city’s 11th consecutive Democratic mayor, a streak dating back to 1949. Given that she doesn’t exactly seem to view homicides in St. Louis as that big of a deal, chances are that Jones has nothing to offer but more of the same.
I don’t flinch when gunshots ring out; my son and I often fall asleep to a lullaby of gunshots.

Mayor @QuintonLucasKC, Ald. @shanecohn, and I joined survivors and @TheJusticeDept for a neighborhood talk and walk to see community violence intervention programs up close. pic.twitter.com/9PQUHqArtV
And “the same” in St. Louis is quite deadly. The city has had a high homicide rate for at least the last 50 years, and since 2014, it has been the deadliest city in the country. You may recall that 2014 was also the year Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in a nearby city. The shooting breathed life into the Black Lives Matter movement as activists chanted “hands up, don’t shoot,” even though Brown reached for the officer’s gun and was in the process of assaulting him when he was shot.
Some Democrats, wedded to that fictional narrative, maintain even today that Brown was an innocent victim of systemic racism. All three of St. Louis’s Democratic mayors since then — Francis Slay , Lyda Krewson , and Jones — have bought into that narrative. Meanwhile, St. Louis’s homicides have soared with no end in sight. Last year became the city’s deadliest year ever, as the Black Lives Matter movement surged onto the national stage once again and demanded defunding the police.
In St. Louis and the state of Missouri, as is the general trend in the United States, black people make up a vastly disproportionate number of homicide victims. As is the case in many Democrat-run cities, the concern for “racial justice,” built on a fictional narrative, takes center stage, while the black homicide victims are simply a statistic, year after year.
Shrugging off “lullabies of gunshots” as just something typical of a day in the life in an American city should be unacceptable. But St. Louis residents have tolerated this for decades now. Democratic mayor after Democratic mayor has shown little interest in addressing this issue, and Jones isn’t likely to be any different.