NU Online News Service, Sept. 27, 9:29 a.m. – The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Detroit, has granted more than $100,000 to help organizations statewide implement programs to reduce gun-related childhood injuries in Michigan.

According to Ira Strumwasser, Ph.D., executive director and CEO of the foundation, the purpose of the Gun Safety Initiative is to fund and evaluate the effectiveness of different programs in reducing accidental gun injuries to Michigan children.

“Every year hundreds of Michigan children are accidentally injured, killed or commit suicide because a gun is stored in their home either loaded or with the ammunition stored nearby,” Strumwasser says.