violence en What will it take to end gun violence? Love. Seriously. <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//" width="480"></iframe></p><p>The video above comes from a march to end violence organized by the Muskegon YMCA last weekend. The man speaking is Zawdie Abiade, who happens to be running for mayor of Muskegon. He also happens to be a former gang member.&nbsp;<br><br>"The gang was the only community I felt understood me," Abiade says. "What we need is somebody and people who understand what it is to be isolated, to be rejected, to be discriminated against, to be misunderstood."</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:25:42 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 14020 at What will it take to end gun violence? Love. Seriously. Shots rang out. Three kids were in the line of fire. One woman saved them. <p><em>Last month, a disagreement on a residential street in Muskegon turned into a massive gun battle. Six men were armed. Dozens of shots sprayed in all directions.</em></p><p><em>At the house directly behind the gunfight, three children played on a porch.</em></p><p><em>And one woman ran into the line of fire to try to save them.</em></p><p><em>Today we begin a three-part series about the incident, and look at how the dramatic rise of gun crimes in Muskegon is putting more kids at risk.</em></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:29:59 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 13978 at Shots rang out. Three kids were in the line of fire. One woman saved them. Updates on the I-96 shooter <p><strong>Update Thursday, November 1, 2:00 p.m.</strong></p><p>A series of shootings on or near I-96 has Michigan motorists thinking twice about driving the interstate.</p><p>A police task force reports 24 confirmed shootings since October 16. Here is a summary of what we've learned since then:</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:00:37 +0000 Mark Brush & Stateside Staff 9554 at Updates on the I-96 shooter Trying to end the violence in Flint <p>The FBI says Flint is one of the most violent cities in the country. Last week, Governor Rick Snyder&nbsp; unveiled a plan to combat violence there and other Michigan cities. But a group of Flint residents is already working on the problem. They&rsquo;ve formed the &ldquo;Urban forum for the prevention of violence&rdquo; to encourage others in their neighborhoods to pledge to promote peace. Aaron Dunigan has been attending the meetings. As part of our Seeking Change series, I spoke with Aaron about what he is trying to do to end the violence in his city. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:51:50 +0000 Christina Shockley 6593 at Trying to end the violence in Flint Detroit Crime: Blame the Guns <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Earlier this week, while we were paying a lot of attention to the presidential primary race, many of the big shots in Detroit turned out for a baby&rsquo;s funeral. Delric Waymon Miller died when a gunman riddled his home with bullets from an AK-47.</font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 15:58:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6446 at Detroit Crime: Blame the Guns A Question of Guns <p>Yesterday was the twentieth anniversary of what was once a nationally famous tragedy; the post office shootings in Royal Oak, Michigan, in which five people died. This was one in a series of similar shootings, which left our language with the memorable term, &ldquo;going postal.&rdquo; The Detroit Free Press had an anniversary story about the event, together with the latest installment in their series &ldquo;Living With Murder.&rdquo; Well over 3,000 people have been murdered in Detroit in the last decade, almost all of them shot to death.</p><p>The newspaper looked at these killings and explored ways to try to stop them.&nbsp; They wrote about neighborhood groups and citizens who go patrolling with the police.</p><p>Mayor Dave Bing said it was a problem of our young people getting &ldquo;caught up in this violent culture,&rdquo; and said we needed to stop showing disrespect for each other. I guess he thinks if we all do that and take a few moments to read the gospels, or maybe Martin Niemoller, we&rsquo;ll be less likely to shoot strangers in the head.</p><p>Which may be true, but isn&rsquo;t really very much of a practical solution. What was almost unbelievable to me, however, was that&nbsp; there was no mention of doing something about the real problem: Guns. Disrespect doesn&lsquo;t kill people. Guns kill people.</p><p>Not every murder is committed with a gun. There will always be murders, at least until humans become extinct. But it would be hard to kill 21 people in a restaurant with an axe, and impossible to kill someone with a butcher knife who is three hundred yards away. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:08:12 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4996 at A Question of Guns Grand Rapids works on healing one week after deadly shootings <p>At least 80 people filled the pews of a church only a few blocks away from where 34-year-old Rodrick Dantzler reportedly killed three people.</p><p>Four others were found dead at a house about 2 miles away. 2 of the 7 killed were children. Dantzler lead police on a chase and took hostages before killing himself one week ago Thursday.</p><p>Rosie, who wished not to use her last name, lives on the same block where one of the shootings happened.</p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 06:19:42 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3301 at Grand Rapids works on healing one week after deadly shootings Violence Porn <p>A few months ago I was talking to a class about the economics of commercial broadcast news.&nbsp; “Why,” one student wanted to know, was so much of the content so mindlessly bad?”</p><p>She complained that TV “news” seemed to be much the same these days from city to city: We get pictures of jack-knifed tractor-trailers, of fires, the crimes of the day, the more violent and sexual the better, followed by an interview with an incoherent sobbing relative. We may get a sound bite from a ranting politician.&nbsp;</p><p>And if we are watching a major-market station with more dollars to invest in “news,” we may even get an “investigation” that shows that cheap hotel bedspreads tend to have germs.</p><p>However, why is it that if you want any serious discussion about why our schools are failing, or what is happening to people who have exhausted their unemployment benefits, forget it.</p><p>Okay, so how do I explain all that? Fortunately, I was assisted by a large housefly buzzing around the classroom.</p><p>Do you see that fly? I said. That fly and I don’t know each other personally, and I am not an expert on entomology. But I do know that it and I share at least two things in common.</p><p>Seriously. The fly and I eat every day, and at some point during our existence we have been or will be interested in sex. Understand that, and you’ll understand commercial broadcast programming. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 17:59:01 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1017 at Violence Porn Report: Flint homicides spread like an epidemic <p>The <a href="">Center for Homicide Research</a> published a report on homicides in Flint. It concluded that Flint passed its previous record of 61 homicides (set in 1986) "in large part to a process of contagion."</p><p>In other words, once a homicide occurs, it can spark others, spreading like a disease.</p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 20:24:15 +0000 Mark Brush 728 at Report: Flint homicides spread like an epidemic