St. Louis Mayor Tishuara Jones and Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas held a roundtable meeting to discuss the effects of gun violence and rising crime in their respective cities. During a press conference that followed the meeting, gunfire erupted in the background. 

“My son and I fall asleep to the lullaby of gunshots in the distance every night,” Jones said, responding to a question about the audible gunshots. “It’s a part of my life now and that shouldn’t be.”

Mayor Lucas had this to say in a tweet, “The sound of gunshots is a regular occurrence in too many areas of my city as well; something I grew to know from youth. Today’s shots reminded us of the reality so many of our sisters, brothers, and babies face each day and the need for change,” Lucas wrote in a tweet.

Neither Mayor addressed the fact that St Louis has been controlled by Democrats since 1949 and Kansas City since 1921, with two exceptions (1924-1930, 1979-1991).  St Louis consistently ranks as one of America’s most deadly cities per capita, every year.