|Dear Putney Friends Meeting,
Earlier today, Governor Phil Scott signed into law a trio of bills that will help keep Vermont safer. We are very grateful to the Governor and to the legislative leaders who recognized the risk that gun violence poses to Vermont and championed these bills.
(photo courtesy of Greg Moschetti)
We are also grateful to you and all of our supporters who have shown up time and again over the past five years, marching, petitioning, donating, testifying, and emailing and calling lawmakers again and again. Some of you have done this work and told your stories while reliving your own traumatic histories, and yet you persisted because you understood the cost of staying silent.
Every phone call, every trip to Montpelier, every difficult conversation, and every testimony paid off today.
Thanks to you, Vermont is now a state where…
- background checks are required for most private gun sales
- gun buyers must be 21 years old (with some exceptions)
- bump stocks are banned
- large-capacity magazines are prohibited
- law enforcement can temporarily remove guns from the scene of a domestic assault to keep victims safer
- courts can issue an order to help protect people deemed to be at extreme risk of harming themselves or others by temporarily restricting access to guns
I would be remiss if I didn’t note that the conversation began to change when young people organized and demanded to be heard. Today, their voices and the voices of survivors are taking center stage, as they should, and they are changing this movement. We are privileged to work alongside them and we are grateful for the energy and hopefulness that they bring.
While it is true that the passing of these laws came as a result of passion and dedication, it also has come at the unthinkable cost of far too many lives. I have often said that I wish I could stop doing this work, but I simply can’t as long as so many people are still dying from gun violence and so many more are living as survivors.
I hope, after taking a moment to breathe and appreciate the enormity of what has happened, that you will commit to moving forward with us.
Your donation today will affirm that you will not stop fighting the epidemic of gun violence. We all still have a part to play, here in Vermont and nationally.
Please make a gift to GunSense Vermont so that we can continue to advocate for gun violence prevention stand by those politicians who fought to pass the bills that were signed today.
Thank you for all that you have done to get us here, and thank you for committing to a more compassionate and peaceful future.
p.s. — As Governor Scott noted in his remarks today, “Knowing that there will always be more work to do, today we chose to try.” We hope that you’ll stand with us as we keep trying–and succeeding–in this difficult and necessary work.