Vermont is a Constitutional Carry State with the crime rates that were more typical of the period before gun control reared its evil head. If Vermont were a nation its 626,000 population,1,524 property crime rate, 118.0 combined violent crime rates, 1.6 homicide rate, and very high gun ownership rate combine to make the the Green Mountain State as safe as you can get in the developed world.
Of course, if the gun banners were correct, Vermont would be awash in violence, with 70,000 or more violent crimes a year, 1,800,000 or more property crimes, and a bad reputation. But the gun banners live an a particularly dark fantasy land.
Here in the real world, 1960 saw 46thg for population, and between 46th for property cirme and 49th for pooperty crime. In 2015, Vermont ranks 49th for population, 50th overall for overall crime, 50th for violent crime, and 50th for property crime. You can confirm that, and the numbers given below at this convenient spreadsheet maintained by the FBI.
In 1960 Vermont’s population was 390,000, and Vermont’s Law Enforcement Agencies reported 37 violent crimes, 1 murder, 9 robberies, and 18 “aggravated aggravated assaults, about half brought on by teen age heartburn, a.k.a. “puppy love.”
In 1963 the entertainment industry began a gun ban campaign to protect their investment in “properties already in the4 can” featuring explicit interpersonal violence. Juvenile violence was pm the rise, probably because of “small screen violence” probably brought on by “West Side Story” and Congress as preparing to ban or restrict such violence. Hollywood responded with a campaign to ban the “real cause of violence in our society, mail order guns.” In that year, Vermont LEA’s reported 92 violent crimes, including 50 assaults, 2 murders and 27 robberies.
1964 was the first full year of Hollywood’s gun ban campaign, and Vermont LEA’s reported 89 violent crimes, with 2 murders, 18 robberies, and 30 aggravated assaults.
1968 marked the fifth full year of Hollywood’s gun ban drive, and the year gun control came to lthe Green Mountain State in the form of the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968, which Lyndon Johnson says would end the threat of gun violence forever. That year Vermont’s LEA’s reported 86 violent crimes, including 13 murders, 8 robberies, and 47 aggravated assaults.
The next year, 1969, was the first year ever for gun control in Vermont. That year, authorities reported 157 violent crimes, including 26 robberies, and 142 aggravated assaults.
1973 was the fifth full year year of Federal gun control, and Vermont authorities reported 327 violent crimes, including 10 murders, 41 rob robberies and 224 aggravated assaults.
Violent crime continued to rise, reaching 914 in 1981 and failing to rise, generally ranging between 750 and 950 until until 2015.
Clearly, Vermont has paid a high price for Federal gun control. The chart, below, may help you visualize just how grat that price has been between Hollywood’s gun control coampaign’s and the Socialist, and now controlling, wing of the Democratic Party’s demands for precursor laws to help achieve a gun ban. If Vermont’s crime rates are low, it is not because of gun control, but because Vermonters are a well armed and industrious people with few or no restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. And with that here is the chart:
Vermont has paid the price of gun control in lives lost, friends buried, husbands who will never see their wives or children, in the permanently disable, in medical costs and Public Assistance, in property destroyed damaged or stolen, and in the vastly increased cost of law enforcement, criminal justice system, and of incarceration.
It is time for Congress to do for the nation what the Vermont Legislature has done for Vermont. Preempt all State and local gun laws, setting the maximum restriction on guns to those of Federal law as of today, an levying a penalty sufficient to deter those who would enforce preempted gun laws or create laws to evade the Federal law.