ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new documentary commissioned by a Saint Louis University researcher explores gun violence in the city of St. Louis.
Why are children shooting each other? The answer, according to Saint Louis University’s Dr. Sharon Frey, involves socioeconomic concerns in certain parts of the city where people are disenfranchised.
“There is a lack, a significant lack, of opportunity for employment. Education is not necessarily on par with other areas of the city and [St. Louis] County,” she said. “There’s maybe less hope for the future because people feel that there are no meaningful opportunities for employment.”
Frey says the goal of the film is to educate people about that root cause so the community can come together to find meaningful solutions which offer hope for residents in those areas.
“This is an enormous public health problem and part of our city needs help,” Frey said. “Our city cannot be vibrant and strong unless the whole city is strong.”