Vermont gun owners are leading the political charge against anti-Second Amendments radicals.
In a rally at the State House in Montpelier, hundreds of voters unveiled what may be a major rallying cry in the run-up to the mid-term elections: “Remember in November.”
The slogan is sharply similar to Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot to bring down British Parliament celebrated around the world with the saying, “Remember the Fifth of November.”
Vermonters gathered together showcasing the right to bear arms in response to yet another encroachment on their constitutional rights. In early April, Republican Gov. Phil Scott had received bills that would unnecessarily restrict guns to law-abiding citizens. In what may be the match that lights the American powder keg, citizens arrived at rallies in Montpelier, South Burlington, Barre and Bennington lawfully armed with everything from hunting rifles to firearms the anti-gun lobby has dubbed “assault rifles.”
One of the movement’s organizers, Christopher Covey, told reporters, “I know people are afraid of guns. It’s not the gun you have to fear, it’s the gun in the wrong hand.”
People such as Marine veteran Nicholas Halverson showcased an AR-15 to highlight that the firearms is “no different than any other rifle.”
Although police monitoring the lawful assemblies reported no incidents, Vermont Gov. Scott indicated he would put his John Hancock on bills that increase the government’s ability to take away guns. Like many politicians that are buckling under the left-leaning media pressure following the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, Gov. Rick Scott will follow suit.
The first piece of legislation at issue would raise the legal age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 years old. The new law would expand private sale background checks and restrict high-volume magazines, bump stocks and other gun accessories. High-capacity magazines are a favored item for home defense weapons and the new law would limit handguns to 15 rounds and rifles to just 10. The legislation appears to be targeting firearms such as AR-15s.
Although the first bill clearly puts legal gun ownership in its crosshairs, the other bills may have more insidious intent.
Like other states that have linked incidents of domestic violence to gun ownership, Vermont has opened the door to take away firearms when domestic disputes arise. The measure calls for “extreme risk protection orders.” A complaint could come from spouses, family members and even people dating that live separately. If one party claims they are simply in fear after angry words, gun owners could be forced to hand over weapons. Keep in mind, these gun seizures occur without any due process of law. A gun owner does not have to be convicted of a crime, only suspected of one.
As lawless as that sounds, the Vermont law could go much further. The wording indicates that state and local government would now have the power to take away guns if the owner poses a potential threat to himself or others. This concept begs the question: who decides?
The laws allow family members, neighbors and even mild acquaintances to make a charge against any gun owner that they deem “dangerous.” A brief investigation may follow or a swift gun seizure, depending on the political winds. While local and state police could be immediate decision-makers, city and state prosecutors could also gain specious warrants to take away firearms.
Called “Red Flag” laws, similar measures have been passed in Florida, California and Washington. Some see this as a response to the complete and utter failure of Broward County Sheriffs to act on the credible intel provided about shooter Nikolas Cruz. Many responsible gun owners living in heartland communities have started referring to these policies as “turn in your neighbor laws.”
In staunch anti-Second Amendment areas such as liberal San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Massachusetts, citizens should brace themselves for a thorough trampling of the U.S. Constitution. In Vermont, Gov. Scott appears to be trying to work both sides of the fence.
“As I’ve said, I strongly support the Second Amendment and all Constitutional rights,” Gov. Scott reportedly said about the anti-gun legislation.
Vermont voters and others across the nation are likely to disagree, and “Remember in November.”
~ Firearm Daily