Voting for Candidates who Support Sensible Gun Reform
Want to find out how a candidate voted on the three gun violence prevention bills that were passed in 2018? You can find them here:
S.55 – Expansion of background checks, raising the age for gun purchase to 21, restrictions on high-capacity magazines, ban on bump stocks
S.221 – Extreme Risk Protection Order bill, created a process for requiring people to temporarily relinquish firearms if found by a court to be in imminent danger of harming themselves or others
H.422 – Expansion of ability of law enforcement to temporarily remove firearms from scene of domestic violence or intimate partner arrest
We appreciate the commitment shown by so many candidates to the issue of gun violence prevention, and we appreciate everything that our supporters have done to insist that gun law reform be a part of any serious candidate's platform.
Using This Moment in Time to Take a Stand For Racial Justice
Gun violence does not exist in a vacuum, in Vermont or anywhere else. It is the outgrowth of oppressive systems that give some power while stripping it from others. It is time for all of us to take a critical look at the role that each of us plays in perpetuating systems of inequality and violence. This is hard work, but people's lives are at stake. We can't afford not to. Please join us in this work of standing for true justice, a justice that is rooted in equality.
Organizations Working for Racial Justice in Vermont
Vermont Racial Justice Alliance (led by People of Color)
Black Lives Matter Burlington (multiple chapters throughout state)
Showing Up for Racial Justice (multiple chapters)
The Community Justice Action Fund is a national organization that works at intersection of race and gun violence.
Color of Change is the nation's largest online racial justice organization.
Gun Violence Prevention and the COVID-19 Crisis
The Vermont Legislature is putting most bills and committee activity on hold in order to put all efforts and energy into keeping Vermonters safe, well, fed, and informed during this crisis. GunSense Vermont, as an organization devoted to public health, safety, and common sense, will be assisting these efforts wherever we can.
GUN SAFETY AT HOME
- NOW is the time to ensure that every gun in your home is stored locked and unloaded in a gun safe, inaccessible to children or anyone else who should not access it. If your safe has a programmable combination, change it. Lock ammunition separately.
- Remember that gun safes can also help protect against theft and fire.
- If you are considering buying a gun, include the cost of a gun safe in your budget. If you can afford a gun, you can afford safe and proper storage.
- If you own a gun but not a gun safe, NOW is the time to get one. There are many inexpensive options available online.
- VT Dept of Health information on general child safety during Covid-19
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a great online guide that covers everything from combating feelings of isolation to getting care if you are without insurance. Please take a look and bookmark.
- Pathways Vermont operates a "warmline" where you can find support, even when not in crisis. Call or text 833-VT-TALKS.
- For a list of crisis call lines by county, visit Vermont Care Partners
- Parents' helpline for advice, referrals, or a sympathetic ear: 1-800-244-5373
- For the Vermont Crisis Text Line, text "VT" to 741741
- For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES
- Statewide domestic violence hotline: 800-228-7395
- National domestic violence textline: Text "LOVEIS" to 22522
- Statewide sexual violence hotline: 800-489-7273
- For agency contact information by county, visit the VT Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
For additional resources, visit the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Page.
Waiting periods work. Period.
Help pass a 72-hour waiting period for all gun sales.
Vermont is not immune from gun violence
Gun violence impacts all of us, out in the open and behind closed doors – from our children who live in fear of being shot in school, to victims of domestic violence, to the grieving parents of suicide victims. Gun violence is tragic, damaging, and pervasive. And we have had enough.
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.