Letter: Gun laws are not a deterrent

Gun laws are not a deterrent

Editor of the Reformer:

For 2014, the FBI reports Vermont had the lowest violent crime rate per capita in the nation; likewise for 2013. For 2010 to 2012, Vermont was second lowest. The FBI also reports that for 2014 Vermont was tied with four other states for having the third lowest number of murders by firearm.

For 2014, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reports Vermont as being the third lowest source of guns to the other 49 states, and that Vermont is not a major source to Massachusetts. In reality, from 2011 to 2014, 40.7 percent of guns traced from Massachusetts were traced to itself; just 1.64 percent originated in Vermont.

In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, "Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year."

In 2004, the National Academy of Sciences reviewed hundreds of evaluations of 80 separate gun control measures; it could not identify a single regulation that reduced suicide, violent crime or accidents.

In 2003, the CDC reviewed ammunition bans, restrictions on acquisition, waiting periods, registration, licensing, child access prevention and zero tolerance laws; no evidence was found that these laws reduced gun violence.

We delude ourselves if we think that passing laws will have much of any effect on gun violence; guns will always be readily available to those who have no regard for the law.

Chris Bradley, President, Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Dec. 14


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