In many ways, Vermont is a safe state. AND...
...that sadly does not translate into safety for everyone.
- Vermont consistently has higher a higher rate of domestic violence than the national average. 50% of domestic violence homicides are committed using guns.
- Vermont's suicide rate is also higher than the national average. Among suicides, guns account for 55% of deaths. Boys and men are far more likely than girls or women to use a gun to attempt suicide.
- Vermonters who served in the armed forces represent 20% of all suicide deaths in the state.
- Access to a gun makes it 5 times more likely that a male abuser will kill his female victim.
It doesn't have to be this way.
Education, advocacy, and strong laws can help keep guns out of the wrong hands.
Keeping guns out of the wrong hands can save lives.
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Statement Regarding the Verdict in the Trial of Kyle Rittenhouse
The leadership of GunSense Vermont joins thoughtful people everywhere who are appalled by the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot and killed two men and injured a third during a protest over the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Wisconsin in 2020. Despite claims that firearms improve individuals' safety, it is clear that just the opposite happened in Kenosha.
GunSense Vermont understands that gun violence is not limited to random acts; it exists in the forms of domestic violence, suicide, shootings by police, and using guns to intimidate, threaten, and coerce. The Rittenhouse verdict sends a dangerous message that it is not only acceptable to bring guns to marches, protests, and rallies, but that taking lives is considered heroic rather than criminal.
GunSense Vermont will continue to work for the safety of all Vermonters and stand in opposition to the forces that led to Rittenhouse’s actions and acquittal.
Issued by the Boards of Directors
GunSense VT and GunSense Education Fund
Nov. 22, 2021
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GunSense Vermont is Vermont's only independent, non-partisan gun violence prevention group. We are a movement of Vermonters focusing on transformation at the state level, because that is where laws are being changed and individual action has the most impact.