Mayoral Debate Focuses On Gun Violence

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – The debates heat up between the candidates vying for the St. Louis Mayors seat in city hall and the primary is only three weeks away.

The three candidates squared off Monday over crime in the city.

A former alderman and the current President of the Board of Aldermen blamed the upsurge in violent crime on Mayor Francis Slay. Mayor slay is seeking an unprecedented fourth term in office, blames it on Missouri’s lenient gun laws:

The killing of an armed man at Mardi Gras by police was just the latest in a series of high-profile gun crimes in the city. With an average of a murder every other day in January, St. Louis's violent crime rate is spiking after years of decline.