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The Opposite of Data-Driven Public Policy

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Opposite of Data-Driven Public Policy

The Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, signed gun control measures earlier this week – adding restrictive new laws including age restrictions on firearms purchases, bans on “high-capacity” (read: standard capacity) magazines, bans on bump stocks, and “closes” the non-existent “gun show loophole.” 

The Hill called the new laws “a big win for advocates of stricter controls in a state that has long held some of the most permissive rules in the nation.” That description, and the new restrictions themselves, may suggest that Vermont is reeling from a crime wave or suffering from a “gun violence epidemic.”

To be blunt, Vermont has historically been one of the safest states in the nation. U.S. News just rated it the second safest state. Vermont had the 2nd best violent crime ranking – meaning the 2nd lowest violent crime rate. Let’s take a closer look at crime in Vermont and at firearms-involved homicides in particular. 

Using FBI data, there were 18 people killed with a rifle of any type in Vermont between 2005 and 2016. The same number of people were killed by “personal weapons” – hands, fists, and feet. So, on average, two people are killed with rifles of any type in Vermont in a year (if you round up). The rate per 100,000 in population has ranged from 0.0 to 0.6 in this time period. Overall, six people were killed with a firearm in Vermont in 2016 – a rate of 1.0 firearms-related homicides per 100,000 Vermonters. 

We continually note that these statistics refer to a rifle of any type because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Vermont Department of Public Safety, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) do not provide a breakdown of the specific rifle type used in a homicide. One cannot parse “assault weapons with high-capacity magazines” from bolt-action rifles with the available data. No data on the number of rounds fired or the magazine capacity is available.

But, by all means, this is a “big win for gun control advocates.” The sitting governor of a state has signed into law a solution based not on a defined need or driven by data but rather because anti-gun radicals have perverted the Green Mountain state. This really suggests that gun control advocates care more about restricting 2nd Amendment rights than they do about preventing violence.

If preventing violence really is their mission, we’re not quite sure how they found themselves in Vermont… where violence is about as rare as it gets. 

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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If it wasn’t bad enough that YETI dropped The NRA Foundation as a client, now they’re calling us liars because we informed our members and friends of their actions.  

Dick’s Sporting Goods/Field & Stream to Destroy Firearms Inventory

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Dick’s Sporting Goods/Field & Stream to Destroy Firearms Inventory

Dick’s Sporting Goods took their campaign to alienate law-abiding gun owners to an extraordinary new level last week. The beleaguered retailer announced that in addition to removing certain types of semi-automatic rifles from their stores, the company ...

NRA Statement on Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NRA Statement on Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action executive director, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement on Tuesday regarding President Donald Trump's signature on the National Defense Authorization Act

Another Group of Anti-Gun Celebrities Forms!  In Other News, The Sun Rose Today.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Another Group of Anti-Gun Celebrities Forms! In Other News, The Sun Rose Today.

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California: Legislation Requiring Background Checks on Barrels and Other Parts Up For Hearing!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

California: Legislation Requiring Background Checks on Barrels and Other Parts Up For Hearing!

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NRA Salutes “the Gunny” and Mourns the Passing of an American Patriot

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Friday, April 20, 2018

NRA Salutes “the Gunny” and Mourns the Passing of an American Patriot

America, and the NRA, lost a true friend and a staunch defender of freedom with the passing of R. Lee Ermey on April 15 from complications of pneumonia. He was 74 years old. 

Keep Calm and Carry On: Pro-Gun Sentiment Reasserts Itself in Wake of Antigun Blitz

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Keep Calm and Carry On: Pro-Gun Sentiment Reasserts Itself in Wake of Antigun Blitz

Like the long-delayed coming of spring to the Mid-Atlantic, evidence is appearing that Americans are regaining their senses and reverting to an instinctual embrace of freedom after a withering barrage of some the nastiest and most ugly ...

Illinois: Senate to Consider Overriding Veto on Dealer Licensing Bills

Monday, April 23, 2018

Illinois: Senate to Consider Overriding Veto on Dealer Licensing Bills

With the April 25th deadline approaching, the Illinois state Senate is expected soon to consider overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto on legislation that would drive your local gun stores out of business with onerous red tape ...

Illinois: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Illinois: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment

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