“Live Free mourns with our STL community members and families who were impacted by another act of gun violence yesterday. We remain undeterred in calling for full funding for community safety programs, common sense gun laws and signature investments into youth and family mental health and healing initiatives.” – Pastor Mike Mcbride


We are devastated to learn about the senseless violence in downtown St. Louis, resulting in the loss of a young life and the injury of several others. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the entire St. Louis community as they grapple with the aftermath of this horrific incident.

This Father’s Day, instead of celebrating the joys of parenthood, families woke up to the heartbreaking news of yet another mass shooting. It is a stark reminder that our work to end gun violence is far from over. We cannot accept a society where our children’s lives are cut short and preventable tragedies continuously shatter our communities.

We stand in solidarity with the city of St. Louis as they navigate this painful chapter. We urge local leaders, law enforcement, and community members to come together and take decisive action to address the root causes of gun violence. It is time for us to prioritize the safety and well-being of our children, ensuring they can grow up in neighborhoods free from fear and violence.

Incidents like these emphasize the urgent need for comprehensive gun safety measures and investment in community-based solutions that address the underlying issues driving violence. We call on policymakers to enact common-sense gun laws, provide resources for mental health support, and implement proactive strategies that promote conflict resolution and provide opportunity for our youth.

At Live Free USA, we remain committed to ending gun violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization. We will continue to work tirelessly with our partners and communities nationwide to create a future where every child can live free from the fear of gun violence.

Today, as we mourn the loss of another young life and pray for the recovery of those injured, let us recommit ourselves to pursuing a safer and more just society. Together, we can make a difference and build a future where incidents like this become unimaginable.



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