Gun Owners of Vermont: Armed with the TRUTH.
Debunking the Anti-Gun LIES!!
VERMONT is the Example of Gun Safety and Firearm Freedom to the Nation!

The rest of the Nation looks to VERMONT to lead by example!

But, a small, vocal, and well-financed segment of non-gun owners are demanding that Vermont Politicians restrict our Constitutional Rights under Article 16th,
and some, like Sue Minter, Peter Galbraith, David Zuckerman and Kesha Ram, are pushing it all the way!
Below, you will find links to disprove many of their claims.
GoVT: Defending Vermonters' Constitutional Firearms Rights Since 1997!

CLAIM #1GENERAL CLAIM: "The Founding Fathers couldn’t have imagined assault rifles and high capacity magazines...” “The Founders Couldn’t Have Imagined Assault Rifles,” She Blogged
CLAIM #2GENERAL CLAIM: "If guns are banned, criminals will not choose different weapons for crimes.""Sharp rise in attacks involving corrosive fluids in London"
CLAIM #3GUN SENSE CLAIM: Universal Background Checks will keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.
Universal Background Checks are not registration.
Universal Background Checks will protect women.
Universal Background Checks save lives.
2017 Gun Owners of Vermont Analysis of the Universal background Check legislation by Bob DePino & Eddie Cutler.
CLAIM #4GENERAL CLAIM: "Guns should be regulated like cars. It's only common sense."Rob Morse: "Bigotry Against Gun Owners, and why guns are not like cars"
CLAIM #5CASTLETON, VPR, GUN SENSE VT, SUE MINTER, DAVID ZUCKERMAN, GREGORY MOSCHETTI & EVERY ANTI-GUN POLITICIAN CLAIM: "89% of Vermonters support Universal Background Checks on all gun sales."
Here is how they lie...
Here is a detailed analysis of how the latest Castleton poll is nothing but a targeted anti-gun propaganda piece!
CLAIM #6SUE MINTER CLAIM 7/25/2016: In Sue's latest video she pushes the domestic violence angle to attack gun rights in Vermont.
"We need to keep guns away from domestic abusers and require background checks on all gun sales"
Well, the percentages may be accurate, but what is not known by the public is that domestic violence homicides are very low in Vermont, averaging 6 year going back two decades!
Of those, only HALF (average of about 3) are by firearms.
Sue's blatent attack on Vermont's Article 16th, in COMPLETE VIOLATION of her future Oath of Office, should immediately turn voters away from her!
If she has the power to send armed police to confiscate guns, what else will she send armed police after?
Times/Argus - "DePino: Guns and domestic violence"
CLAIM #7President Obama 7/12/2016: During his memorial address in Dallas, President Obama said: “We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than it is to get his hands on a computer or even a book”Crime Prevention Research Center: "A note on Obama’s claim about how easy it is for a teenager to obtain a gun"
CLAIM #8GENERAL CLAIMS:“Mass Shootings” Are On the Rise
No One On the Terror Watch List Should Be Able to Buy a Gun
Banning Assault Rifles Would Solve the Problem
“There is No Reason You Need a Gun Like That!”
ALL debunked!
“Mass Shootings” Are On the Rise
No One On the Terror Watch List Should Be Able to Buy a Gun
Banning Assault Rifles Would Solve the Problem
“There is No Reason You Need a Gun Like That!”
CLAIM #9SUE MINTER CLAIM: "Sue Minter for Governor"
Facebook 6/2/2016:
"I support universal background checks for ALL gun sales in Vermont to help break the deadly linkage between guns and drugs. As this article notes, because of Vermont's lax gun laws, "Dealers from Massachusetts are driving north to Vermont with loads of heroin to exchange for guns, which they then bring home to sell in Boston." If we are serious about tackling opioid abuse and heroin addiction in Vermont, we must address the thriving drugs-for-guns trade. As governor, I will."
Gun Owners of Vermont Analysis:
ATF STATISTICS ON FIREARM TRACES
Vermont and Nearby States 2009-2014
Published in 2015
Only ONE PERCENT of all 'traced' guns came from Vermont. These are STOLEN GUNS, not 'straw purchased'.
CLAIM #10HILLARY CLINTON CLAIM 4/6/2016: Vermont is part of the gun problem. Many of the guns used in New York crimes come from Vermont.The truth: SNAPSHOT NY Firearm Traces 2006-2014
FOUR TIMES MORE guns enter New York from heavily restricted CONNECTICUT than Vermont!
CLAIM #113/17/2016 VOX CLAIMS on Mass Shootings and gun control.
See how the anti-gun media twists the facts into their narrative.
Original propaganda here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX4qUsgHa4Y
Vox Rebuttal: Gun Control Propaganda Debunked
CLAIM #123/2016: The Truth About Guns "Facts About Guns"
See how all the "facts" the anti-freedom forces use are false!
"Gun Violence Epidemic"
"Mass Shootings"
Comparing Guns and Cars
"No one wants to take your guns"
“most Americans” want gun control
Armed Teachers and School Staff
“Armor Piercing” AKA Hollow Point Bullets
Assault Weapons and Assault Weapon Bans
Concealed Carry Permit Holders
Defensive Gun Use versus Murder Rate
Facts About the AR-15 Rifle
Firearms and Children
Firearms and Suicides
Gun Show Loophole
“High Capacity” Magazines
Mandatory Firearms Insurance
Microstamping
Origin and Context of the Second Amendment
Universal Background Checks
"Facts About Guns"
CLAIM #13GENERAL CLAIM: "Universal Background Checks will make it harder for criminals to get guns."
Every gun owner knows this is a lie because criminals don't follow the law…
Here is how criminals get their guns: "Houston Gun Store Smash and Grab Burglary caught on CCTV camera, Texas"
CLAIM #14GENERAL CLAIM: "Homes with guns are xx% more likely to have accidental shootings."

The reality is, homes with firearms teach their children that guns are not toys. Children who are raised to fear guns are MORE likely to play with guns because they are curious!
Experiment Shows Differences Between Children With Guns in the Home and Those Without
CLAIM #15ANTI-GUN CLAIM: "Removing licensing process for carrying fiorearms will bring back the 'Wild West' and endanger the people…"Proof of the lie in Texas: "Open carry controversy started with a bang but shooting blanks so far"
CLAIM #16GENERAL CLAIM: "The NRA forced Congress to stop funding research on gun control"Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership "Lab Accident: How Congress Stopped the CDC Gun Grabbers and Saved Science"
CLAIM #17Dr. Richard Burgoyne: “A shocking 3,000 of these deaths are children younger than age 15.”According to the 2013 CDC Table 10:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_02.pdf
2013 Ages (under 15)
Accidental discharge 69
Suicide 138
Assault (homicide) 193
Undetermined intent 8
Total = 408

Dr. Burgoyne seems to know something the CDC doesn’t.
CLAIM #18PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CLAIM: "The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage, but they can't hold America hostage."
The constant rhetoric of the NRA holding so much power over Congress is rediculous. Imagine, being vilified for defending the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.
"Obama Holds The Nation Hostage To His Gun Control Whims"
CLAIM #19MARION MOHRI CLAIMS:
297 Americans are shot every day, 89 fatally.
47 "children and teens" are shot every day, 7 fatally.
"437,000 Americans were assaulted, robbed, raped, tortured, threatened or terrorized in some way at gunpoint."
"As a nation we can do better."
Editorial Response to Ms Mohri by Bob DePino:
"Why is the Anti-Gun Lobby Always Misrepresenting the Facts?"
CLAIM #20GENERAL CLAIM: "America has more 'Gun Violence' than any other developed nation."
Guess what? It's a LIE!
"13 Charts Put America’s Gun Violence in Perspective" By Kyle Becker
CLAIM #21GENERAL CLAIM: "More Americans are standing behind 'Common Sense' gun laws.
The truth is hard for the anti-gunners to swallow.
“Wait! That is not what we wanted!”
So what has been happening with people after the San Bernardino TERRORIST attack? People marching in the streets demanding ban all the guns? Burning of the NRA HQ in Virginia? Stoning gun owners at gun ranges? NOPE.
The BIGGEST Black Friday sale of 185,000 firearms in ONE DAY!
CLAIM #22SUE MINTER CLAIM: "In states that require a background check for private sales of handguns, 46 percent fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners."
This is the EXACT talking point that Gun Sense uses!
The statement is taken DIRECTLY from Michael Bloomberg's Everytown anti-gun statistics!
As you will see in this video BLOOMBERG LIES!
Gun Sense Propagates the LIE...
Politicians pick up the LIE and try to scare the public into voting for them!
Watch the newest GoVT video dispelling this favorite lie!
CLAIM #23SUE MINTER CLAIM: "Gun violence is a crisis in our country."
GENERAL CLAIM: "Gun crime in the United States is at an all-time high."
GUN SENSE CLAIM: "[T]he EPIDEMIC of gun violence."
"Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware" by Pew Research Center
CLAIM #24SUE MINTER CLAIM 12/6/2015: "Background checks can save lives — especially of women"

Ms. Minter and the rest of the anti-gun crowd ALWAYS use women to push their agenda. They however, always ignore the facts that the ONLY mass shootings in Vermont history were COMITTED BY WOMEN.
Men are the victims of domestic violence 50% of the time in Vermont, but that doesn't play up the "victim" mentality.
GoVT 2014 REPORT"Universal Background Checks Why they have nothing to do with safety and everything to do with furthering gun control."
Covers: Gun Trafficking, Suicide, Police Killed, Domestic Violence, Rate of Gun Deaths, Drugs.
CLAIM #25SUE MINTER CLAIM 12/6/2015: "I am committed to requiring universal background checks for gun sales – including those that occur at gun shows, flea markets and private sales. Background checks are currently required for all gun sales at Vermont’s federally registered firearms dealers. The same standard should apply to all gun sales."The federal government governs INTERSTATE COMMERCE.
GoVT 2014 REPORT covers this subject in detail.
CLAIM #26Janice Prindle (Gun Sense VT member) 12/5/2015: "Gun trafficking is not even a federal crime."
Another popular anti-gun LIE.
There are MANY federal laws related to gun trafficking, including “straw purchasing”, interstate trafficking, etc, etc.
Quote Source: http://vtdigger.org/2015/12/06/sue-minter-time-for-common-sense-gun-safety/#comments
ATF GUIDELINES: "FOLLOWING THE GUN: ENFORCING FEDERAL LAWS AGAINST FIREARMS TRAFFICKERS"
CLAIM #27BURLINGTON CHARTER CHANGES:
In 2013, the Burlington city council held improperly warned meetings to create FIVE anti-gun ordinances. Only 3 made it to the final ballot.
After an article was printed in My Champlain Valley, GoVT responded with an editorial response .
ALL of the Burlington Charter Changes are ILLEGAL under Vermont law!
GoVT Editorial response to Burlington Charter Change Article in My Champlain Valley
CLAIM #28SUE MINTER CLAIM 12/5/2015: "Gun trafficking is not even a federal crime."
Another popular anti-gun LIE.
There are MANY federal laws related to gun trafficking, including “straw purchasing”, interstate trafficking, etc, etc.
Quote Source: http://vtdigger.org/2015/12/06/sue-minter-time-for-common-sense-gun-safety/#comments
Chris Bradley: "Minter is wrong"
CLAIM #29GUN SENSE VT CLAIM 11/15/2015:
Vermont's Gun Culture must change.
"IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS."
"Change the laws."
"Change the culture."
"Speak up for Gun Sense."

Watch our video to see why Vermont ALREADY HAS the finest "Gun Culture" in the nation and why we DON'T need to change it!
GoVT Video: "Vermont's Gun Culture"
CLAIM #30GUN SENSE VT CLAIM 11/14/2015:
Vermont is a major source of firearms to other New England states with stricter gun laws!
GoVT Video "Vermont the IRON PIPELINE"
CLAIM #31VERMONT MEDIA CLAIM 11/13/2015: "Vermont is a leading source of crime guns into states with stricter gun laws.""Interstate Gun Trafficking Mythology" by Guy Smith
CLAIM #32GENERAL CLAIM 10/29/2015: "America has the highest 'Gun Death' rate in the world", "Banning guns will reduce suicides", "More guns = More crime", and on and on…
See how ALL if these statements are LIES.
"The Truth About Gun Control" by Stefan Molyneux
CLAIM #33GENERAL CLAIM: "There is no evidence that a 'good guy' with a gun has ever stopped a 'bad guy' with a gun.""Do citizens (not police officers) with guns ever stop mass shootings?"
Yes, they do.
CLAIM #34GENERAL CLAIM: "There is a huge increase in 'mass shootings' in recent years.
Here is an analysis of the federal data.
"Congressional Research Service Releases Study of Mass Shootings - One criminologist's reaction: "This report should calm the fears that many people have that these numbers are out of control." by Jesse Walker
CLAIM #35GENERAL CLAIM: "There is a huge increase in 'mass shootings' in recent years.
Here is ANOTHER analysis of the federal data.
"5 Facts About Guns, Schools, And Violence - What every legislator - and citizen - needs to know."
CLAIM #36PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CLAIM: "we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency."
The truth is, the President, and all the other anti-gunners are LYING...
I know, you're shocked.
2015 Crime Prevention Research Center: "Comparing Death Rates from Mass Public Shootings and Mass Public Violence in the US and Europe"
CLAIM #374/13/2014:
Analysis of Domestic Violence statistics in Vermont explaining how our legislators are deliberately misinformed by the former director of the VNDSV, Sarah Kenney.
Domestic Violence has dropped from 71% in 1994 to 55% in 2014, but percentages and rates are misleading when the actual numbers are less than 10 (professional statisticians discount any values below 20 as generating reliable rates - VTs highest ever was 11 in 2008).
Copy of file sent to every Senator BEFORE Vote:
Gun Owners of VT - SENATE H735 Domestic Violence Statistics.
Documentation in opposition to H.735
File 1 of 2 sent
SENATE H735 Domestic Violence Statistics
CLAIM #384/13/2014:
Analysis of Domestic Violence statistics in Vermont explaining how our legislators are deliberately misinformed by the former director of the VNDSV, Sarah Kenney.
Domestic Violence has dropped from 71% in 1994 to 55% in 2014, but percentages and rates are misleading when the actual numbers are less than 10 (professional statisticians discount any values below 20 as generating reliable rates - VTs highest ever was 11 in 2008).
Copy of file sent to every Senator BEFORE Vote:
Gun Owners of VT - SENATE H735 Domestic Violence Charts.
Documentation in opposition to H.735
File 2 of 2 sent
SENATE H735 Domestic Violence Charts
CLAIM #3912/10/2015: SNAPSHOT of Domestic Violence statistics in Vermont showing the DECREASING number of female victims of Domestic Violence that has dropped from 71% in 1994 to 55% in 2014.
The state Domestic Violence reports DO NOT differentiate WHO killed WHO, just cold TOTALS, that do not explain the incidents.
In 2014 after H.735 was signed into law to "protect women", two women shot and killed 3 men, in domestic incidents!
1. 50 year old Karen Willey, shot and killed her husband Harold Willey (78) in July 2014
2. Robin O'Neill, 62, charged in the shooting deaths of her ex boyfriend and his son in November 2014.
The latest killings in 2015 of FOUR women were committed by another woman, a fact that will probably not be reflected on in future state reports.
SNAPSHOT 2014 Vermont Domestic Violence Statistics
CLAIM #402014 Gun Sense Vermont CLAIM: "Registries are not required under Universal Background Checks. THEN says if you can't prove you went through a background check, you will face legal consequences!Gun Sense on Universal Background Checks - Registration is needed to prove you are legal
CLAIM #41BRADY CAMPAIGN CLAIM: "9 kids every day will never have another birthday.
"Politifact reviewed this claim in 2014: "Do an average of nine children a day die in the United States of gunshot wounds?" By Ian K. Kullgren
Here, an impartial political website debunks the claim as MOSTLY FALSE.
Politifact Review: "Do an average of nine children a day die in the United States of gunshot wounds?"
CLAIM #42ANTI-GUN CLAIM: "The NRA Blocked Research on Gun Violence "
Often repeated by anti-gun groups like Everytown, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and websites like Slate, Think Progress, ABC News, and many, many more...
AR-13: Prohibition on Use of CDC Funds for Certain Gun Control Activities

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act specifies that: "None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control."

Anti-Lobbying Act requirements prohibit lobbying Congress with appropriated Federal monies.Specifically, this Act prohibits the use of Federal funds for direct or indirect communications intended or designed to influence a member of Congress with regard to specific Federal legislation. This prohibition includes the funding and assistance of public grassroots campaigns intended or designed to influence members of Congress with regard to specific legislation or appropriation by Congress.

In addition to the restrictions in the Anti-Lobbying Act, CDC interprets the language in the CDC's Appropriations Act to mean that CDC's funds may not be spent on political action or other activities designed to affect the passage of specific Federal, State, or local legislation intended to restrict or control the purchase or use of firearms.
CLAIM #43RABIDLY ANTI-GUN SITES generate bogus numbers, inflated claims and generaly misreport everything related to firearms. ON PURPOSE.
ANTI-GUN WEBSITES/ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE:
Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (Gun Sense VT's "parent" organization), Gun Violence Policy Center, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, National Medical Council on Gun Violence, Mass Shooting Tracker, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Slate, Daily KOS, Vox, Wonkblog ( the original Vox), and on and on...
If you see "statistics" or "factoids" from these groups, be sure to get a second set of REAL datapoints from a reputable source like the FBI.
"Choose Your Own Mass Shooting Statistics - From Mother Jones to the Mass Shooting Tracker: where activists and reporters get their stats"
CLAIM #44GENERAL CLAIM: "40% of all firearms are purchased without a background check."
This statement has been used by EVERY anti-gun person in America, including President OBAMA!
And they all LIE!
"The stale claim that 40 percent of gun sales lack background checks" by Glenn Kessler
CLAIM #45GENERAL CLAIM: "you take away the guns, people will NOT find others ways of killing."
HERE, we have the HOMICIDE WEAPON STATISTICS FOR THE Continent of AUSTRALIA from 1989 to 2012!
The GUN BAN went into effect in 1996, yet, the trend in firearm homicides shows a decrease in firearm murders, but an inverse number of knifing and stabbing attacks!
HERE, we have the HOMICIDE WEAPON STATISTICS FOR THE Continent of AUSTRALIA from 1989 to 2012!
CLAIM #46ANTI-GUN WEBSITE CLAIM: Mother Jones printed an article titled “10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down.” that is WIDELY used by the anti-gun crowd.
This piece was full of the usual half-truths and outright lies.
This article addresses each of those talking points.
Debunking Mother Jones’ ’10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down’
CLAIM #47GENERAL CLAIM: "Most gun crimes are committed by concealed carry license holders."
FBI Report: "2011 National Gang Threat Assessment" pg 9.
"Gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions and up to 90 percent in several others, according to NGIC analysis. Major cities and suburban areas experience the most gang-related violence. Local neighborhood-based gangs and drug crews continue to pose the most significant criminal threat in most communities."
So 48-90% of all violent crime is not committed by "law-abiding citizens", but GANG MEMBERS, yet the anti-gunners scream that we need Universal Background Checks to stop gun violence...
FBI Report: "2011 National Gang Threat Assessment"

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