Following last week’s gun control discussions at the Democratic presidential debate, an anti-gun group in Vermont is holding secretive meetings to advance gun violence themes despite data showing the Green Mountain State is the safest in the nation.
According to an email sent out Wednesday from Ann Braden, president of Gun Sense Vermont, the gun control group is organizing “to present a strong case in each region that gun violence has a real, tangible effect on people in our community.”
The group is seeking gun-violence survivors who will tell their stories with support from doctors, educators, law enforcement officials and other community leaders. Gun Sense also plans to track and publicize gun-violence incidents.
The effort will culminate in a forthcoming “Gun Violence in Vermont: Statewide Report” to be released during the legislative session, along with an emotional video storytelling series.
To coordinate regionally, Gun Sense is holding a series of secretive meetings. However, a meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Manchester Public Library changed abruptly on Monday after details of the event leaked to the public.
Braden’s Monday email alert to the group’s list told potential attendees to contact her for the revised whereabouts of the meeting: “I just want to let you know that our meeting location for tomorrow night has CHANGED. If you haven’t RSVPed but you’re thinking about coming, please e-mail me back, and I’ll give you the details about our new meeting location. Thanks! Ann.”