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Kristen Jordan Shamus: Safer America is one with smarter gun laws

March 5, 2013

In Michigan, the number of people who died from bullets exceeded the number who died in traffic crashes in 2009, according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

— Kristen Jordan Shamus,
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

By Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

In America, gun violence is never too far away.

It can happen in a small-town elementary school, where little children are learning their ABCs.

Kristen Jordan Shamus

Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

It can happen in a Colorado movie theater, where people thought it’d be fun to be the first to see the new “Batman” movie.

It can happen while you’re driving down I-96 or US-23, listening to the radio, thinking about what to make for dinner.

And it can happen at a cell phone store in Canton, where Gerry Soubly and his girlfriend, Carol Nowaczyk, shopped for a new iPhone 4s on Monday morning.

There is something you can do, something we all can do to be heard on this issue.

You can join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America ( The group plans a March 13 rally in Washington, D.C., asking lawmakers to adopt a ban on assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds; require background checks on gun and ammunition purchases; report large sales of ammunition to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and ban online ammunition sales.

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