St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones was giving a speech on gun violence and, ironically, gunshots rang out during the speech.
Following the gunshots, Jones answered a question about if she felt safe. The mayor went on to say, “My son and I fall asleep to the lullaby of gunshots in the distance every night. It’s a part of my life now and that shouldn’t be.”
When speaking about why she didn’t flinch, Jones said “It’s unfortunate, and, yes, I heard it. But I didn’t flinch because, you know, I guess it’s a part of my life. And that shouldn’t be. We should not have Stockholm syndrome when we hear gunshots in the distance. We should be angry, and we are angry. But it’s an unfortunate daily occurrence in our community, and so that’s what this conversation was about today.”