Fear Vermont, Clinton Tells New Yorkers
Last year, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the number of people killed with guns in New York’s 17 most violent counties, when compared to the 5 year average, declined by 4.4 percent.
Hillary Clinton is worried by those statistics, because the only issue she can reliably hammer Bernie Sanders with is that Sanders once cast a vote on gun regulation that she didn’t agree with. Yes, it’s true that Clinton once voted to give guns to huge numbers of young Americans and then send them over to Iraq to shoot them off in an unprovoked war, but she likes to claim that she has a strong anti-gun record.
So, Clinton told New York voters, they should be worried about gun smuggling from the dangerous, lawless, failed state of Vermont.
“The state that has the highest per capita number of those guns that end up committing crimes in New York come from Vermont,” Clinton told an audience of her supporters in New York yesterday. The crowd gasped in shock, on cue.
You see, Bernie Sanders represents Vermont in the U.S. Senate, so what does Clinton’s Vermont gun smuggler statistic tell you about Sanders?
Not a whole lot, really. Clinton referred to a per capita rate of gun origin from out of state, not the actual number of guns brought in to New York from out of state. Vermont has a small population, so a higher per capita rate of guns crossing state lines from Vermont into New York could easily represent a much smaller actual number of guns from Vermont compared guns from other states.
Hillary Clinton’s trying to scare New York voters about Vermont, based on a misleading statistic, related to an issue that is of decreasing urgency in New York. For voters already inclined to vote for Clinton, it may be something to talk about, but the Vermont gun smuggling narrative isn’t likely to win Clinton many new supporters in time for the primary next week.