gun violence http://michiganradio.org en Group of doctors gets together to try to stop gun violence http://michiganradio.org/post/group-doctors-gets-together-try-stop-gun-violence <div><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">"Children deserve to feel safe wherever they live, play and learn."</em></p><p>Those words came from the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics just a few days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and they sum up the feelings of some physicians from coast to coast.</p><p>There's a new group in Michigan trying to bring attention to gun violence. The group is made up of doctors.</p><p>Stateside's Cynthia Canty recently spoke with Dr. Jerry Walden, a family practice physician who was named "Family Physician of the Year" by the Michigan Academy of Family Practice.</p><p>Dr. Andy&nbsp;Zweifler, an internist and an emeritus professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School is also a member of the group&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence.</span></p><p>They joined us today.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p></div><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:51:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 16142 at http://michiganradio.org Group of doctors gets together to try to stop gun violence Homeowner who shot Renisha McBride will go on trial for murder http://michiganradio.org/post/homeowner-who-shot-renisha-mcbride-will-go-trial-murder <p>The Dearborn Heights homeowner who shot an unarmed teenager on his front porch <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131219/NEWS02/312190157/Renisha-McBride-Theodore-Wafer-porch">has been bound over for trial.</a></p><p>Theodore Wafer will face trial for second-degree murder, manslaughter, and a felony firearms charge in 19-year-old Renisha McBride’s death.</p><p>Dearborn Heights judge David Turfe ruled Thursday the case can proceed after nearly two days of expert and witness testimony.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15771 at http://michiganradio.org Homeowner who shot Renisha McBride will go on trial for murder Stateside for Monday, August 19th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-august-19th-2013 <p>"Innovation" - it's what many say Michigan needs to become a player in the global economy. On today's show, we took a look at the most-innovative companies in our state. What are they doing differently in a post-Great-Recession economy?</p><p>And, we traveled to Muskegon - a community that continues to be plagued by gun violence. Dustin Dwyer of Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project reported on a gun battle that happened last month.</p><p>And, the Detroit Public Schools bond offering is tomorrow. Why should investors be interested?</p><p>Also, the guide to canoeing Michigan’s rivers just got an update. We spoke with one of the authors about the new edition.</p><p>First on the show, d<span style="line-height: 1.5;">onations to Governor Snyder’s civic fund decreased last year by a lot. The 501 c-4 known as The New Energy to Reinvent and Diversity Fund – or “NERD Fund” for short – received $1.3 million in 2011, but in 2012 , the number was $368,000.</span></p><p>As Jonathan Oosting, a reporter for MLive.com, reports, “the NERD fund earns tax-exempt status by purporting to promote charitable causes including lessening the financial burdens of government in the state of Michigan.”</p><p>Jonathan Oosting joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:25:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 14052 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, August 19th, 2013 What will it take to end gun violence? Love. Seriously. http://michiganradio.org/post/what-will-it-take-end-gun-violence-love-seriously <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HVHe9-HO1gY" 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 http://michiganradio.org 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. http://michiganradio.org/post/shots-rang-out-three-kids-were-line-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 http://michiganradio.org Shots rang out. Three kids were in the line of fire. One woman saved them. Group seeks to interrupt the outbreak of violence in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/group-seeks-interrupt-outbreak-violence-grand-rapids <p>In 2012, Grand Rapids saw an outburst of violent crime, including nine homicides in which all of the victims died from gunshot wounds.</p><p>This week, two community groups called Urban League and Network 180 are hosting a series of meetings to inform the public about possible solutions and to begin a discussion about the future of violence in the Grand Rapids community.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Raynard Ross is a resident of Grand Rapids and works with Upward Bound at Grand Rapids Community College. Ross also serves on a panel to address the issue of violence within the Grand Rapids community.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>The interrupters</strong></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Ross, street violence has reached a level of “borderline madness.”</span></p><p>“There’s a lot of retaliatory violence,” Ross said. “[Grand Rapids] is relatively small, so the degree of separation with those involved is one or two degrees tops. We’ve found that a lot of this violence is occurring based on misunderstandings and things begin to snowball and escalate and next thing you know we have something that could have been squashed by some early interrupting.”</p><p>That’s where someone like Cobe Williams comes in.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:05:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 11427 at http://michiganradio.org Group seeks to interrupt the outbreak of violence in Grand Rapids Sorting out Michigan's gun laws http://michiganradio.org/post/sorting-out-michigans-gun-laws <p>“No guns” is a pretty simple and common policy in Michigan schools.</p><p>Students are expelled for bringing firearms.&nbsp; But Michigan law is less clear on what schools can do when adults show up with a firearm.</p><p>It’s pretty unusual, but it occasionally happens.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Now, I’m not talking about an armed aggressor, but a parent or some other adult visitor who carries a weapon – either concealed or openly.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:53:28 +0000 Rick Pluta 10493 at http://michiganradio.org Sorting out Michigan's gun laws Emotions still running high after Saginaw fatal police shooting http://michiganradio.org/post/emotions-still-running-high-after-saginaw-fatal-police-shooting <p></p><p>Justice still hasn’t been done in the case of a fatal police shooting of a mentally ill man in Saginaw this summer.</p><p>That was the message at a community forum this week, where some 200 residents came out to express frustration with local law enforcement, and with the county prosecutor for declining to press criminal charges against the officers.&nbsp;</p><p>Among the mostly African American crowd at the forum, the primary question seemed to be: why was so much lethal force used on July 1<sup>st</sup>, the day Milton Hall was shot by police 11 times?</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 18:37:59 +0000 Kate Wells 9133 at http://michiganradio.org Emotions still running high after Saginaw fatal police shooting Flint to use high tech tool to target gun crime http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-use-high-tech-tool-target-gun-crime <p>The city of Flint is turning to a new high tech tool to crack down on gun crime in the city.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The &quot;Shot Spotter&rdquo; system uses more than a dozen sonic sensors to pinpoint the location of where gun shots are fired in a square mile area. The SST system is already being used in more than 60 cities around the country, including Saginaw.&nbsp;</p><p>Company president Ralph Clark said the Shot Spotter system should help Flint police officers respond to reports of gunfire in the city.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:32:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 5040 at http://michiganradio.org Flint to use high tech tool to target gun crime