gun safety http://michiganradio.org en Sandy Hook's former superintendent and a Newtown police lieutenant will speak in Mt. Pleasant http://michiganradio.org/post/sandy-hooks-former-superintendent-and-newtown-police-lieutenant-will-speak-mt-pleasant-0 <p>A former Sandy Hook superintendent and a Newtown police lieutenant will share their experiences at the <a href="http://www.seplainstitute.org/">Schools, Educators, Police, Liaison Association (SEPLA) </a>conference&nbsp;in Mount Pleasant, June 18-20.</p><p>Both Janet Robinson, the former Sandy Hook superintendent, and Lieutenant Richard Robinson of the Newtown Police Department were involved in the emergency response to the tragic school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School this past December.</p><p>The conference is open to school administrators and emergency responders. In addition to guest speakers, the conference will offer training sessions and discussion groups.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:50:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12849 at http://michiganradio.org Sandy Hook's former superintendent and a Newtown police lieutenant will speak in Mt. Pleasant Young Guns: State House committee may vote to eliminate minimum hunting age http://michiganradio.org/post/young-guns-state-house-committee-may-vote-eliminate-minimum-hunting-age <p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(nfoqihjamqkivaqq45qgunag))/mileg.aspx?page=committeemeeting&amp;objectname=20386">The State House Natural Resources, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation committee</a>&nbsp;tomorrow&nbsp;will consider legislation to allow young children to hunt in Michigan.&nbsp; Michigan currently allows children as young as 10 to hunt with a bow and as young as 12 to use a firearm to hunt deer.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=106">Peter Pettalia</a>&nbsp;is a state representative from Presque Island in northern lower&nbsp;Michigan.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(nfoqihjamqkivaqq45qgunag))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectname=2011-HB-4371">His bill</a> would&nbsp;eliminate the age limit, as along as the young hunter has an adult with them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It gives parents the right to determine when their children are ready in their eyes to safely hunt.&nbsp;&nbsp; So myself, if I have a grandchild I believe could carry a weapon to hunt, it gives me the opportunity to decide that.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Pettalia says allowing children to take part may help reverse the decline in the number of hunters in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We have thousands, hundreds of thousands of acres of<em>&nbsp;huntable</em> land, yet we have the worst hunter recruitment rate in the nation and dwindling hunter retention numbers.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Pettalia says he doubts allowing young children to hunt with their parents or adult mentors will increase hunting accidents.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:54:03 +0000 Steve Carmody 1641 at http://michiganradio.org Young Guns: State House committee may vote to eliminate minimum hunting age