ATF Trace Data Refutes Hillary’s Reported Vermont Gun Claim
“Hillary Clinton ratcheted up her attacks on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ gun control record Monday, telling a private gathering of state legislators near the State Capitol that many of the guns used by New York criminals come across the border from the Green Mountain State,” Politico New York reports. While the meeting was closed to Democrat legislators, lobbyists and supporters, and a recording of actual words spoken has not surfaced, statements from attendees, including Democrat Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and State Assembly Speaker and former Bronx Democratic Committee Chairman Carl Heastie summarize Clinton’s reported comments.
“She said that many of the guns that are found to be involved in crimes in this state are found to have their origins in Vermont,” Cahill recalled.
“She did mention that [Vermont] doesn’t have gun laws, and she brought that up when she was contrasting her position on guns and votes in Senate with Senator Sanders,” Heastie added.
With a reported claim like that, and with the blame being placed on what “progressives” refer to as “lax gun laws,” a fact check is in order. And to do that, we can consult ATF’s firearms trace data report for New York (2014 is the most current year’s data released at this writing).
It’s true, Vermont is one of the “top 15 states for firearms with a New York recovery,” coming in at #14 with 55 traces. New York itself, with draconian gun edicts, did just fine without the boost, easily taking the #1 slot with 1,397 traces.
As long as the “flow” is being presented as an imminent problem, one other piece of information is also relevant: Time to crime, the span between when a firearm was originally sold by a retailer to when it was “recovered” by law enforcement: The New York average is 14.8 years. Compare that to the national average of 10.88 years.
Then compare Vermont’s violent crimes with, say restrictive New York’s. So much for the problem being “easy access” to guns.
And there’s one other factor, a great big caveat ATF places prominently as a preamble to their report — the firearms trace data disclaimer:
Firearm traces are designed to assist law enforcement authorities in conducting investigations by tracking the sale and possession of specific firearms. Law enforcement agencies may request firearms traces for any reason, and those reasons are not necessarily reported to the Federal Government. Not all firearms used in crime are traced and not all firearms traced are used in crime. [Emphasis added.]
All things considered, it looks like Hillary is lying again for personal gain, and your rights be damned. Now might be a good time to let Gomer have the last word:
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David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA, and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.