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Moving Forward

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Those of us at MSU, as well as huge numbers of people across Michigan and the nation, are still coping with last week’s tragic shooting

Reflections on MSU and the Aftermath

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We need to learn lessons and draw inspiration from this week’s horrific event at MSU. The victimization imposed by this event ranges across the state, affecting all of the families of MSU students and staff as well parents and students at other institutions who are reminded of their vulnerability to gun violence.

MSU Shootings

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The shootings at Michigan State University serve as another sobering reminder that gun violence is not something that happens to “other people.” Gun violence is all around us

And Now for the Bad News About Gun Safety Legislation

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There are ominous developments elsewhere concerning gun safety about which Michiganders should be aware, and I don’t just mean the continuous perpetration of horrific events, such as the mass shooting on November 19th that apparently targeted members of the LGBTQ community in Colorado. I am talking about the expanding consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2022 decision in New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

A Promising Moment

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Because of the shift in the partisan composition of the state legislature, it appears that we have alignment among key decision makers that should lead to committee hearings about and actual votes on various gun safety proposals.

American Gun Violence in the News

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What will it take to initiate policy attention to the issue of gun violence? My response to this question was much clearer: increased voter turnout in elections.

Can We Make a Commitment to Educate the Public with Facts?

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We cannot count on the news media to provide the information that people need to understand either the complexity of gun violence problems or the potential for reductions in risk and harm from laws that have already been implemented in states other than MI

The Hero with the Gun? Be Wary and Beware

The recent mass shooting at the mall in Greenwood, Indiana, understandably generated significant news media attention to the shopper who used his concealed weapon to kill the shooter and thereby limit the number of shooting victims. Inevitably, there will be arguments that echo the (in)famous statement by the head of the National Rifle Association who said, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”