Honoring GunSense Vermont founder as 'beacon of leadership and courage'

MONTPELIER — As our community continues to seek positive change, it's vital that we take a moment to celebrate the outstanding individuals who have propelled us forward.

Brattleboro resident Ann Braden, the founder of GunSense Vermont, stands as a beacon of leadership and courage, inspiring us to work towards a safer and more responsible approach to firearms.

Following the heart-wrenching events of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, she founded GunSense Vermont, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advocating for responsible gun safety measures. Her efforts have led to significant legislative achievements that prioritize safety and well-being throughout our state.

GunSense Vermont has played a pivotal role in raising the age to purchase firearms to 21, limiting high-capacity magazines, and passing waiting periods and safe-storage laws. These accomplishments reflect the organization's unwavering commitment to creating a safer Vermont for everyone.

Please join us, along with with guest speaker, U.S. Rep. Becca Balint, to honor Ann Braden's legacy with our inaugural "Leadership & Courage Award" presentation at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.

This celebratory event is an opportunity for elected officials, community leaders, concerned citizens - including young folks - to express their collective support and commitment to creating a safer Vermont for everyone while acknowledging the significant strides that have been taken in advancing gun safety measures across the state.

For tickets, visit gunsensevt.org. For more information, call 802-365-4106.

This Voices Letters from readers was submitted to The Commons.

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