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News & Facts

Learning, Worrying, and Wondering ‘What If?’ While Reading the News

The news reports appear every day. More shootings. More heartache. More silence and inaction from those legislators who block consideration and discussion of statutory initiatives that might reduce risk and harm ...
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Suicide and Firearms among American Youth: Two Problems Intrinsically Linked

Note: Gun violence prevention requires attention to a variety of underlying issues and problems. Suicide, in particular, represents a major component of harm from firearms. In typical years, two-thirds of ...
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Let’s not permit the issue of Gun Violence to be used for OTHER policy agendas…

Pick a day, any day.  News reports—at the local, state, and national level—tell us about troubling and tragic incidents of gun violence.  We know that our pandemic era has led ...
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Day After Day, The Not-So-Happy News

Our fifteen-month pandemic experience gave us intensified problems with gun violence.  We do not know the precise cause of the rise in gun violence that plagues our country.  We can ...
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We Sit Still. But the Problems Do Not.

I sit down at the computer on a quiet Sunday afternoon intending to briefly check the day’s news.  After typing the name of the news service, up pops the webpage ...
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Looking for Lessons Within Reports of Multiple Mass Shootings

A news report recently presented this disturbing headline: “There Were At Least 11 Mass Shootings Across the US This Weekend” (Silverman, 2021). Critics often express concern that the news media’s ...
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Imagining What Is Possible

In recent weeks, I have received messages from different people comparing gun policy in the United States with laws, policies, and the relative lack of gun violence problems in other ...
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Looking for Insight Amid Repetitive Reports of Gloomy News

Boulder.  Indianapolis.  Austin.  The list of cities with publicized mass shootings grows with disturbing frequency.  We notice—momentarily.  We mourn—momentarily.  And then the next event happens.  Much like new email messages ...
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Numbness and Numbers

Tragedies produce numbers. This is true of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other events that take lives and, at least momentarily, grab the news media’s attention. These numbers include dollar amounts ...
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Every “Oh No, Not Again!” Is a Call for Legislative Action

Scholars who study public policy focus on the stages of the processes for developing laws and policies to address society’s problems. Such policy-process stages include “problem definition” and “formulation” of ...
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New Bills Begin to Move Forward in Congress

LEGISLATIVE ACTION: Enhanced Background Checks Act, Violence Against Women Act, and more!On March 11, the U.S. House of Representatives approved two bills that seek to reduce the risk and harm ...
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Guns in the News: Sobering Reminders and Protective Actions

With news media coverage dominated by so many important developments concerning COVID, economic relief for struggling Americans, and investigations of the domestic terrorists’ attack on the U.S. Capitol, it can ...
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Parkland, a New President, & a New Session of Congress

As noted in recent news reports, Valentine’s Day marked the third anniversary of the horrific mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Using the same type ...
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What a Difference a Year Makes (and Not in a Good Way)

One year ago, a majority in the Virginia state legislature aligned with their governor to take actions intended to reduce the risk of gun violence.  The members of that state’s ...
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The Latest Developments: The State Capitol Commission & the MI Legislature

In the aftermath of the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol, the members of Michigan’s State Capitol Commission unanimously approved a prohibition on citizens’ openly carried firearms within the Michigan ...
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The Michigan State Capitol Commission’s Modest “First Step”

On Monday, the Michigan State Capitol Commission voted unanimously to support a limited prohibition on citizen-carried firearms inside the state Capitol.  It had appeared that the majority of commissioners wanted ...
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The Invasion of the U.S. Capitol: Implications for Michigan

Wednesday’s shocking, shameful invasion of the U.S. Capitol by domestic terrorists will long be remembered as one of the worst days in the political history of our democratic republic. Obviously, ...
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Our Moment of Risk… (And Opportunity?)

News reports tell us that 2020 is a record-setting year for sales of firearms. The 17.2 million gun-purchase background checks conducted this year already exceed the previous record of 15.7 ...
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Guns at the Capitol: Setting the Default Switch Toward Risk Reduction and Safety

In recent days, the nation’s attention has been appropriately drawn to an important election. As the dust settles in the aftermath of that partisan battle, we need to return Michiganders’ ...
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Michigan State Capitol Commission—Where Are You?

It is long past time to ban firearms in the possession of anyone other than law enforcement officers in the State Capitol and on Capitol grounds.  Will we learn any ...
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Dreading the Unexpected and Pondering Possibilities for Prevention

Two unexpected events have captured my attention in recent days. First, national news reports, including police video, depict officers taking Brad Parscale into custody. Until recently, Parscale was President Trump’s ...
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Concert Across America

We’re very excited for this year’s Concert Across America to End Gun Violence and Celebrity Auction. Musical legends including Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, John Fogerty, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz ...
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Never-Ending News & the Essential Elements of Democracy

News reports continuously remind us of the varied nature of risks and harms from gun violence, as well as debates about beneficial courses of actions. Recent weeks have been no ...
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Gun Violence Prevention & Background Checks

Accidental Shootings and Safe Storage ...
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Unsettling News About Second Amendment Law

On August 14, a three-judge panel for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in California issued a 2-to-1 decision striking down California’s ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold ...
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Guns & the Cycle of Fear

Nearly every week brings grim reminders of the continuing problems of gun violence that plague our nation. Little more than one week ago, we marked the one-year anniversary of two ...
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What if we were Committed to what we say about Gun Violence?

“No mother should ever have to cradle her dead child in her arms simply because politicians refuse to do what is necessary….” (President Donald Trump, July 22, 2020). Virtually all ...
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The Harms of Reflexive Gun Use

American law traditionally excuses threats and violence that would otherwise be treated as crimes when the perpetrators have a justification of self-defense. As instruments with lethal power, guns should not ...
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Can We Talk? Dividing Lines & Limiting Gun Violence

A major challenge in the effort to address gun violence is cultivating the ability to listen and discuss issues across a cultural divide. Each week, there are events that remind ...
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U.S. Supreme Court & the 2nd Amendment: 2020

During the final days of June each year, the U.S. Supreme Court announces its remaining decisions for the annual term that runs from October through June. For those interested in ...
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Extreme Risk Protection Order- What you need to know.

ERPO legislation can save lives. We must act now. EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDERS will allow families and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to ...
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MI Ranks #7 for Black Homicide Victimization

91% of Black Homicide Victims in Michigan were Killed with Guns. Michigan has the 7th highest black homicide victimization rate in the nation with a rate of 28.55 per 100,000 ...
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Block the NRA’s Dream Bill – Sign the Petition

The National Rifle Association's dream bill is moving through Congress. It pushes concealed carry reciprocity, an extremely dangerous policy that would undermine state efforts to protect residents from gun violence ...
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Tavon Tanner, a bullet, and what happened on the streets of Chicago

Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune wrote about Tavon Tanner, one of 24 children 12 or under who have been shot in Chicago this year. He wanted to see the ...
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Violence Policy Center

VPC: Concealed Carry Killers

Click on the image below to view the interactive map. Source: VPC: Concealed Carry Killers ...
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Courtesy The Trace

Courtesy of The Trace- Jolting Ads from 1968 Catalyzed the Modern Gun Debate

The Trace featured an article by Olivia Li on Ads (Courtesy Advertising Age) from 1968 that are relevant to today's Gun Debate. After the assassination of three American icons, a ...
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Every. Other. Day.

Thats how often a child dies from an accidental shooting at the hands of other children or adults. USA TODAY and AP conducted a study that revealed that the number ...
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Guns and Domestic Violence

Guns and Domestic Violence.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), there have been 487 gun related domestic violence fatalities since the beginning of this ...
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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention: Learn the facts. Save Lives.

Learn the facts Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among teens and young adults and the 10th leading cause of death among all Americans. On average, 4 teenagers ...
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Past Events

Coronavirus Update

In response to growing concerns over the coronavirus MCPGV has decided to postpone the remaining two productions of The Gun ...
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The Gun Show

MCPGV and Director Rob Roznowski are producing The Gun Show, written by Playwright E.M. Lewis. The one-actor play explores Ms ...
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Vigil of Remembrance

Join MCPGV as we come together to remember, reflect, and rededicate ourselves to protecting our communities from gun violence! MCPGV ...
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Legislative Day

This is a great opportunity for you to make your voice heard- to those who directly represent YOU and your ...
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Vigil at the Capital Steps Tomorrow

Join the MCPGV at the MI State Capital steps this Wednesday.Gather to honor those lost and save those who will ...
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MCPGV Meeting

Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence Quarterly Meeting April 2 The MCPGV is hosting a quarterly meeting on April 2nd ...
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The Concert Across America

Ending gun violence takes everyone. Many different voices with the same message. The power of music to reach far and ...
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ACTION! Take a Stance Against Michigan House Bill 4416

Michigan House Bill 4416, a permitless carry bill will be heard in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee this Wednesday afternoon. Your action can ...
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