“I understand I may lose support over the decision to sign these bills today. Those are consequences I’m prepared to live with.”
If the irate crowd that turned out Wednesday to watch the signing of controversial gun control legislation at the Vermont Statehouse is any indication, Gov. Phil Scott may face an uphill battle towards re-election this November.
Judge William Young held that the AR-15 and similar weapons aren’t protected by the Second Amendment because they were originally designed for military service and because democracy means policymakers are best suited to regulate weapons.
On Tuesday, top lawmakers met in the Cedar Creek Room at the Statehouse to urge Gov. Phil Scott to veto controversial S.55 gun legislation and sign less objectionable gun bills instead.
Second Amendment supporters met along Shelburne Road over the weekend to send a message to Republican Gov. Phil Scott and certain incumbent lawmakers: you stand to lose your jobs over gun control.
A crowd of at least 300 gun rights supporters filled the Four Corners downtown on Saturday to protest the Legislature’s passage of S.55, legislation that puts new limits on gun ownership in Vermont.
Passing more laws aimed at further restricting firearms ownership offers little prospect of preventing more gun violence, and it threatens the constitutionally protected right of self-defense by law-abiding citizens. Instead, schools need to make it difficult for an armed assault to succeed.
According to experts who train in shooting, a ban on standard-capacity gun magazines will inhibit the ability of Vermonters to defend their family and country from threats foreign and domestic.
Among the next generation is Carter Weeks, a 10th grader. He said he was at the rally because he supports the Second Amendment and opposed the S. 55 ban. “It’s just a basic human right,” Weeks said. “You can’t take guns away from people. How are they going to defend themselves?”
If the school safety measures discussed Wednesday in the House Education Committee are any indication, there will likely be no immediate armed resistance to protect children if an active shooter steps onto a school campus in Vermont.
In back-to-back weekend rallies, Vermonters saw Second Amendment advocates defend constitutional liberty and hand out gun magazines, and they watched protesters at March for Our Lives demand gun control. TNR was there to capture the action on video.