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Vermont: A State with Almost No Gun Control and Almost No Murder

Vermont has always been a haven for guns, having some of the least restrictive gun control laws in America.

Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) Photo: DailyWire

Vermont has always had very loose gun restrictions. The Republican Governor Phil Scott ended this tradition of the Vermont constitutionalist gun agenda. But was this a good idea?

The three bills that were signed by Scott had many effects. Including banning the possession or sale of "bump stocks" and limiting the magazine capacity for long guns to ten rounds, and 15 for handguns. Scott had previously said during his campaign that new gun control laws "were not needed at this time." It would seem Scott has gone back on his promise to constituents.

Although it would seem candidate Scott, not Governor Scott, was right. Vermont has had one of the lowest murder rates in America. With a murder rate of 1.6 per 100,000, almost a quarter of the national average. When Scott took office gun control laws were so unrestrictive that a permit was not required to carry a gun, openly or concealed, and children as young as 16 could buy a handgun without parental consent. So what really made Vermont such a safe state despite evil guns lurking in every household? Well according to Gary Kleck, a criminologist at Florida State University, it could have something to do with the 2.2-2.5 million defensive use of guns (DGU's) every year. 

However, others argue that the low population, rugged conditions, and isolation contribute to its low murder rate. But Washington, a state controlled by Democrats which ranks tenth in the strictest gun control laws, according to the Brady Campaign has a population density slightly higher than Vermont but has a murder rate that is twice as high (2.9 compared to Vermont's 1.6 per 100,000). Can we say that this difference is 100 percent because of gun control laws? No, but we can definitely say that stricter gun control laws aren't going to make you any safer.

California ranks #1 in the Brady Campaign's strictest gun control laws but has a murder rate of 4.8 per 100,000. Delaware, which is #8 on the Brady Campaign's strictest gun control laws, sits at the sixth highest murder rate in the U.S., with a whopping murder rate of 6.7 per 100,000. And don't even get me started on Washington D.C. with a murder rate of 24.2 per 100,000.

When talking about gun control, it is important to understand the correlation (or lack thereof) between gun control laws and murder. There is absolutely no correlation between stricter gun control laws, and less murder. What really decreases crime is affluence, effective policing, and education. The debate on whether or not give up our freedoms for protections is inherently flawed in that there is no increased protection.



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