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

Skyler: You've cherry-picked studies that serve to confuse. Is this intentional?

For example, you cite causal relationships between waiting periods and "gun violence", "homicide rates", and "firearm fatalities". Yet none of those are the goals of this legislation. The goal is to reduce VT suicides. And there is plenty of research to back up waiting periods to reduce suicides.

Since you like studies: A 2014 University of Alabama found that people who buy handguns are more likely to commit suicide within the first week after the purchase. Basic data support this: 20,000 Americans use a gun to commit suicide each year.

The Medical College of Wisconsin found a "sharp increase" in odds of a suicide within one week of gun purchase.

Furthermore, experts at both Johns Hopkins and Harvard who study this kind of thing have spoken to the very clear data that connect longer waiting periods for gun purchases with lower suicides.

Considering 89% of gun deaths in Vermont are suicides, this legislation is pertinent as supported by the data.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 03/18/2019 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Bill to Create Waiting Period for Gun Sales Advances in Senate

Sen. Joe Benning: "If I decide to commit suicide, what right does the state of Vermont have to try to intercede because somebody around this table feels, Well, thats tragic?

This bill does nothing to restrict the 'right' to suicide. It just delays it by 24 hours.

"Benning voiced concern about passing legislation that would make it harder for domestic violence victims to buy guns immediately after a breakup."

If concern for domestic violence victims is suddenly Sen. Benning's concern, maybe he should defer to groups that regularly help those victims. Those groups support waiting periods on lethal weapon purchases that are used far more often to abuse than defend.

Thank you, Sen. Sears, for your wisdom in recognizing how impulse buying can be a lethal choice.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 03/15/2019 at 5:40 PM

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."

Strange. Conservatives - in tandem with the NRA - ensured no national-level research by cutting off funding for it. Perhaps there is a change of heart?

I strongly support this legislation and advise my senators to follow suit.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 03/14/2019 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Burlington to Move Forward With Moran Plant Redesign

"And as for your critique of city spending, it's perfectly fine when Prog administrations do it, just not when any other administrations do it. Like $16.9 million in secret spending on Burlington Telecom under Mayor Bup-Kiss"

To be sure this revisionist history is dispelled, there was no "secret spending" on BT. The Board of Finance was involved and all money was accounted for as building an investment that 2/3rds of the city voted to approve. BT's CPG also granted explicit permission for the funding mechanisms involved. Two subsequent investigations (1 state, 1 federal) AND 1 civil suit all failed to find any evidence of this "secret spending".

But who are they to question a reliable editorialist on bulletin boards?

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 02/21/2019 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Burlington to Move Forward With Moran Plant Redesign

April 27, 2014 (Valley News):
If the project gets off the ground, theres $6.3 million of city money available to help with the redevelopment. If it doesnt happen, the city will use its money to demolish the plant. This is the last chance, said Weinberger. If it cant get done this time, it never will.

Sept. 1, 2017 (Burlington Free Press):
"We are done trying to achieve what the city's goal has been for the last 30 years," Weinberger said.

March 27, 2014 (Williston Observer):
The project will either work, or it wont work. It will either be demolished completely, the project will go through, or nothing will happen at all. (quote from Nathan Wildfire, Burlingtons Assistant Director of Economic Development)

Feb. 12, 2014 (Seven Days):
The mayor's decision to make demolition the automatic Plan B ties the plant's fate to one particular proposal in a way that's never been done before.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 02/20/2019 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Schurz Communications Gets State OK to Buy Burlington Telecom

So Burlington locked in a $10.6 million loss. Hooray?

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 02/19/2019 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Walters: Krowinski Feted at Democratic Fundraiser

"We need to elect a woman to Congress and get more women elected in cities and towns...."

The unfortunate reality is that Krowinski's organization seeks to elect women from the DEMOCRATIC party for office. That's an important adjective missing in their proclamation - and why Emerge actively worked against a woman running for Burlington City Council in 2015 (see Sarah McCall vs Sara Giannoni).

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 01/31/2019 at 9:34 PM

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