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Skyler Bailey 
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Re: “Gun Purchase Waiting Period Bill Faces Key Vote Friday

Tiki: That is not true. Many studies have been conducted on waiting periods. A study by researchers from the University of Cincinnati and Arizona State University published in 2012 found no measurable statistical effect on gun violence following the implementation of waiting period laws. A study published in 2000 in the Journal of the American Medical Association found no change in homicide rates subsequent to the implementation of waiting periods in conjunction with background checks for firearm purchases. The study indicated that these policies may be associated with a small reduction in the rate of gun suicide for those age 55 and older, but noted increases in other suicide methods in a possible substitution effect, resulting in no reduction in the rate of suicide overall A 2003 report from the Center for Disease Control found insufficient evidence for any determination that waiting periods measurably impact firearm fatalities, noting the inconsistent evidence of effectiveness, and limitations in design and execution of available studies. Of the research that has been done on the subject of waiting periods, the vast majority is in agreement that there is no, or very ambiguous evidence that these policies have caused any decrease in firearm-related deaths where they have been implemented.

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Posted by Skyler Bailey on 03/15/2019 at 6:37 AM

Re: “Gun Purchase Waiting Period Bill Faces Key Vote Friday

Research at the national level has produced no body of evidence indicating that mandated waiting periods for firearms purchases have caused reductions in either homicide or suicide rates in the states where they have been implemented. The preponderance of evidence generated by a large amount of research points toward the ineffectiveness of waiting periods for firearm purchases in reducing gun deaths. The evidence for any positive effect of a waiting period law in Vermont is negligible, and other policies have far more evidence indicating positive result from their implementation. Available evidence suggests no measurable effect from the implementation of a waiting period law, and virtual certainty that other suicide prevention policies recommended by mental healthcare providers and the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center, if pursued, would yield real, measurable and sustainable benefit to Vermonters in crisis.

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Posted by Skyler Bailey on 03/14/2019 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Walters: Rallies Abound on Vermont Legislature's Opening Day

I was among the speakers at the No Carbon Tax Rally, and stated at the outset that I am an independent who believes in the reality of climate change. My 15-minute talk dealt entirely with the lack of evidence that carbon taxes have ever decreased emissions in the countries where they have been enacted, and that since 2003, countries in Europe that do not tax carbon have seen their emissions decrease nearly twice as fast as those that do. I stated that carbon taxes are the most expensive and least effective climate initiative, and appear to actually be destructive of efforts to decrease emissions. At no point was I ever representing any "conservative interests" and I made that quite clear. I am somewhat confused by these claims as the author of this article was seated right next to me.

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Posted by Skyler Bailey on 01/09/2019 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Rally Will Promote Universal Background Checks on Gun Sales

Actually, the push for Universal Background Checks really fell to pieces when one of the lobbyists accidentally admitted in a hearing that he couldn't make any compromises without first checking with his out-of-state benefactors and puppet-masters.

This is people who moved here, wasting our legislative time and process by repeatedly pushing for policies at the behest of people who do not and never will live here, putting forth proposals that have failed everywhere they have been implemented, to solve a problem that we don't have.

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Posted by Skyler Bailey on 07/14/2016 at 6:24 AM

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