12-21-13 – GunSense Rally

by John McClaughry

A week ago Saturday the anti-gun organization GunSense Vermont assembled for a rally outside the Statehouse, and of course the reporters and the TV cameras showed up to capture the excitement.

Evan Hughes of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs noted that “Of the approximately 10 people who showed up at the event, several were gun control bill sponsor legislators. At best no other events that this group called for have had larger attendance. The media had to crop the photos to try to avoid the dismal attendance being obvious to the public. The media used cold weather as a factor. It was just as cold when six hundred gun rights supporters showed up at the state house earlier this year.

He continued “The legislature returns in about three weeks and for all of the free pre-event publicity and other coverage the media has provided, the antis have no stronger grassroots support than dismal attendance at the anti-gun events make clear.”

“At the end of the year, after the worst attacks in over a decade, gun rights are intact and the attendance at gun control events is pathetic. Gun Shows have huge attendance. There is no grassroots support for the antis agenda of more Vermont gun control.”

Gun owners all over the state are resolute in defending our Sportsmen’s Bill of Rights, and neither ten demonstrators nor the Burlington City Council is going to defeat them.

John McClaughry is the founder and current vice-president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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