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Flags in Michigan will fly at half-staff to honor victims of Texas church shooting

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered Flags in Michigan to fly at half-staff in memory of the 26 people murdered in a Texas church on Sunday.

It’s the 19th time Snyder has signed such a proclamation.

“We live in a very challenging world,” Snyder told reporters today, “So I say, let’s all try to avoid those situations.”

Snyder says the focus should be on addressing mental health issues and terrorism.

Meanwhile, Michigan’s legislature has been working on loosening state laws to expand gun access and scrap concealed pistol training requirements.

Several Republican-backed bills to change Michigan’s gun laws stalled after last month’s massacre at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

Gun control advocates are calling on Michigan legislators to strengthen the state’s weapons laws.

“Our leaders must find the courage to take action,” says Linda Brundage, executive director of the Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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