ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis residents protested Friday night on the steps of City Hall in favor of more stringent gun regulations.
“Acts like this should wake everyone up,” says Chelsey Oliver, protest organizer. “It should be a no-brainer…this is not what we want in our city.”
Oliver organized the protest, which was originally planned for the 6-month anniversary of Sandy Hook. The protest had new relevance because of the week of violence in St. Louis, Oliver says.
“You have people who are like ‘oh well, just another day at the office, murder in St. Louis, who cares’ and we shouldn’t be use to murder,” she says. “We shouldn’t be use to nights of violence where 18 people are dead…why should we have to live in a society where that’s tolerated or that’s becoming the new norm.”
She says whether it’s the night 17 people were shot, the murder-suicide on Cherokee, or the 6 month anniversary of Sandy Hook, people need a wake up call.
Oliver says she likes the idea of a special gun court, but also wants universal background checks.
Protesters stood on the City Hall steps waving signs shaped like coffins, bearing the dates of recent gun crimes.