Gun violence

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, spoke in Kalamazoo on March 29, and WMUK was there recording live. After her keynote address at Chenery Auditorium, our own Local Morning Edition Host Earlene McMichael interviewed her onstage for 40 minutes. A condensed version of that conversation airs at 9:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 on WestSouthwest, our award-winning public affairs show. 


Manuel Balce Ceneta | Associated Press

Sybrina Fulton says she was catapulted from her quiet life as a civil service worker into high-profile anti-violence activism when her son Trayvon Martin was slain five years ago by a neighborhood watch volunteer. While it helped lead to the Black Lives Matter movement that draws attention to senseless deaths of African-Americans, Fulton says more is needed, like changes in laws. So she says she's contemplating running for office and will decide within the next few months. She speaks March 29 in Kalamazoo.


State Capitol - file photo
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) A group of gun control advocates was at the state Capitol to lobby against a proposal to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. 

"The country's top law enforcement official offered to help Michigan authorities following a deadly shooting at a southwest Michigan courthouse. "As we gather here this morning, I know that we're all thinking of the two bailiffs who were killed and the sheriff's deputy who was wounded in a shooting at a courthouse in Michigan yesterday..." (MLive)

"Two bailiffs were killed and a deputy sheriff was wounded in a shooting this afternoon at a courthouse in southwestern Michigan, according to Berrien County Sheriff L. Paul Bailey. The suspected gunman was shot and killed. Multiple civilians were also wounded, and are in stable condition, as is the deputy sheriff." (NPR)

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