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Brian Sawyer 
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Re: “Long Shot: A Mother of Two Keeps the Gun Debate Alive

People will believe what they want to believe regardless of the facts. Twelve thousand people signed the petition supporting this bill, all Vermonters. Lots of people volunteered to work on this campaign and didn't get paid a dime. Lots of people supported the campaign and didn't get paid a dime. I know, I volunteered some time to support this law, did what little I could. So did my wife. So did dozens of folks I know, all people who live and work right here in Vermont. Polls show Vermonters overwhelming favor gun safety laws - including background checks, the provision which did not pass - for no good reason.

The real story here is not that this was somehow imposed from outside Vermont. The real story is how hard it is to get sensible legislation passed when confronted with a minority of people who see no point of view but their own, who believe that they are the only ones in society who never have to compromise, and who care about only one issue.

And it is not as if they didn't have lobbyists in the legislature every single day doing everything they could to defeat the bill.

So explain it away if that does something for you. GunSense, everyone who signed petitions, wrote letters, talked to their legislators, Legislators, all those Vermonters, who in independent polling indicated their support, all bought and paid for by Michael Bloomberg? Really? Time to get over yourselves. What happened here is Democracy carried the day.

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Posted by Brian Sawyer on 04/22/2015 at 8:40 PM

Re: “By Lopsided Vote, Vermont Senate Approves New Gun Regulations

Great that the bill passed. i would prefer it included universal background checks, something polls show over 70% of Vermonters favor, which is a pretty impressive majority. I would guess that an even higher percentage of Vermonters would agree that no one is entitled to decide who is and who is not welcome in Vermont.

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Posted by Brian Sawyer on 03/26/2015 at 9:16 AM

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