“Miles Davis is in the building.” The message–-a code identifying an active shooter– came over the intercom of the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, just after 9 am on October 24, 2022. Within minutes, 19-year-old Orlando Harris had killed a student and a teacher and shot four other students.
The attack on the St. Louis high school followed a string of shootings in Uvalde, Texas; Parkland, Florida; and Newtown, Connecticut. In March, a former student shot and killed three children and three staff members at a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee. While each tragedy brings a renewed call for legislative action, there is little agreement as to a policy solution.
Click here for the accompanying MCC from the Capitol podcast. MCC Executive Director Jamie Morris sits down with Jessica Woolbright, Executive Director of the Saint Martha’s domestic violence center in St. Louis, and Deacon Tyler McClay, Director of Advocacy at Catholic Charities of St. Louis, to discuss the impact of guns in domestic violence situations, federal and state legislation, and the upcoming gun violence summit.