Speak Up!

16406447_10155033348029637_9020111171419484271_n_(1).jpgJoin the GunSenseVT Postcard Brigade!

Our task as a grassroots movement is to convince enough lawmakers that universal background checks are necessary. To do this, we're forming the GunSenseVT Postcard Brigade! We've put together a list of the key lawmakers, and we're sending them postcards every time there is a gun violence incident in the area. This will help those who are already supportive make the case to their colleague, and it will help those who need to be swayed see that we are not immune to gun violence in Vermont -- and that they have constituents who are paying attention.

To help you find out about gun incidents as they happen and stay connected with other folks in the Brigade, join the Facebook Group: GunSenseVT Postcard Brigade

Here are the basic instructions:

1) If you hear about a gun violence incident, post it in the group so the other group members can find out about it, too. All incidents will be kept track of on this List of Gun Violence Incidents in Vermont. (To see incidents from previous months, click on the appropriate tab at the bottom.)
2) Use a simple 4x6 index card and on one side, write: "Vermont is not immune to gun violence."
3) On the opposite side, describe the incident: when, where, what happened. For example, a week ago in Montpelier, 33-year-old Markus Austin was shot and killed outside his apartment.
4) Sign your name and town (and e-mail address if you'd like to hear back from them.)
5) Address the postcard to your lawmakers. Priority lawmakers and their addresses are here, organized by county.
6) Take a picture of it and post it on Facebook with the hashtag #GunSenseVTPostcardBrigade to encourage others to join you. The more folks key lawmakers hear from, the better!

Join the GunSenseVT Postcard Brigade right here!  And invite your friends to be part of it, too. 
Together, we will slowly but surely turn the tide on this issue. 
One postcard at a time!


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor are a really effective way to tell your story and show your community members and legislators why you feel this is so important. Share your reasons for closing the background check loophole by writing a letter to your local paper!  

Here is a list of major papers across the state and how to submit your letters. If submitting a letter by email, indicate "Letter to the Editor" in the subject line.

Addison County Independent 

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Bennington Banner
news@benningtonbanner.com  -- Bennington Banner letters should be limited to 400-600 words.

Burlington Free Press
letters@burlingtonfreepress.com -- Burlington Free Press letters should be limited to about 250 words; submissions for the My Turn column can be up to 650 words.

Brattleboro Reformer 

Caledonian Record 

The Herald (Randolph)editor@OurHerald.com

Morrisville News and Citizen 

Rutland Herald

Seven Days 
Generally, this weekly paper will only publish letters in response to an article it has previously run.

St. Albans Messenger

Stowe Reporter/Waterbury Record 

Valley News 

Valley Reporter 

Vermont Digger
Commentaries must include the author’s first and last name, town of residence and a brief biography, including affiliations with political parties, lobbying or special interest groups. The minimum length of your submission is 400 words. Send your submissions to Cate Chant, cchant@vtdigger.org and Anne Galloway, agalloway@vtdigger.org


If you have any questions, are looking for someone to proofread or offer feedback, or need some tips on writing a strong letter, email melissa@gunsensevt.org.