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Vermont Gun Control Legislation Withdrawn

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by johnhefley, Jan 22, 2013.

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  1. johnhefley

    johnhefley Member

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    Hey, I don't want to sound paranoid, but it seems to me that the battle isn't over. The other side is just reloading.

    Article from The Burlington (Vermont) Free Press:

    vt.Buzz: Baruth withdraws gun-ban bill in Vermont Senate
    Jan 21, 2013 |

    | Terri Hallenbeck

    Sen. Philip Baruth has withdrawn the controversial gun-control bill be introduced just a week ago, saying it will overshadow efforts that have a better chance of succeeding.

    Baruth’s bill, S. 32, had already attracted fervent opposition and had been cited by number of gun advocates’ protest signs. The bill sought to ban future acquisition of semi-automatic weapons such as the rifle used last month in a Connecticut primary school massacre.

    "It’s painfully clear to me now that little support exists in the Vermont Statehouse for this sort of bill,” Baruth, D-Chittenden, said in a written statement to the Burlington Free Press. “It’s equally clear that focusing the debate on the banning of a certain class of weapons may already be overshadowing measures with greater consensus, like tightening background checks, stopping the exchange of guns for drugs, and closing gun show loopholes.”

    Bills covering those other measures are expected to be introduced in the Legislature. Sen. Richard Sears, D-Bennington, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans a public hearing on gun control the evening of Feb. 7.
    “Our committee feels that with the amount of interest occurring we at least ought to have an opportunity for Vermonters to say their piece,” Sears said.
    Sears said he will also seek changes in state law, including making it illegal for felons to own guns under state law, as it is under federal law, and requiring the state to report cases of mental incompetence to a federal database.

    Baruth said he would not discuss the issue of withdrawing his bill beyond his written statement, an indication of the controversy his bill generated. The day he introduced the bill, he said he received a flood of emails from gun advocates.

    Baruth’s full statement on the issue:
    “After much thought, I’ve decided to withdraw S32, a proposed ban on assault weapons. It was a difficult decision, and one I fear will disappoint those who have written expressing their support. I began thinking about the bill after the Gabby Giffords shootings in Arizona, thought more seriously about it following Aurora, and had it finally drafted in the wake of Sandy Hook. It seemed to me that with the Federal government paralyzed, it had been left to the states to address both the mental health and gun-related components of these tragedies.

    “But it is painfully clear to me now that little support exists in the Vermont Statehouse for this sort of bill. It’s equally clear that focusing the debate on the banning of a certain class of weapons may already be overshadowing measures with greater consensus, like tightening background checks, stopping the exchange of guns for drugs, and closing gun show loopholes. Finally, as incoming Majority Leader, I owe it to my caucus to remove an issue that seems increasingly likely to complicate our shared agenda this biennium.

    “To the many responsible gun-owners with whom I’ve communicated over the last several weeks: I’ve heard you. Please hear me when I say that government is not your enemy – we are all alike threatened by the kind of violence we saw in Newtown, violence that is clearly spreading. And all of us are responsible for stopping it. It’s my hope that with this ban set aside, you’ll join more willingly in that effort.”
     
  2. timberfaller

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    "Please hear me when I say that government is not your enemy"

    As on the other sites this has been reported on, Yep the government is NOT our enemy, its the people holding OFFICE that are the Enemy of the People of the United States of America!!
     
  3. TinMan88

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    Did he say "exchanging guns for drugs"? LOL!
     
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    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Politicians are beginning to realize just how extremely angry they've made a very large segment of society.
     
  5. jimsw

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    I'm not surprised the legislation was withdrawn. Vermont is a very gun friendly state, always has been. I own property in Vermont so I am familiar with the state. A really beautiful place in part because highway advertising was banned years ago you can't believe what a difference that makes. One of my favorite shoots has always been the Vermont State Shoot. Well run friendly nice place to shoot. If you are in New England in June go to the shoot, you will have a good time.

    Before I am accused of being a liberal let me also say Vermont politically is the most wacky place you can imagine. The way they finance schools is completely nuts and would make Stalinist Russia seem liberal. Vermont is a tiny state population wise, the second smallest population in the US, only Wyoming is smaller. (That is a great trivia question.) Here is tiny Vermont so what do they do? They elect Patrick Leahy an extreme leftist, and Bernie Sanders a socialist to represent them. Crazy but the state is fine with guns.
     
  6. TinMan88

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    They have avoided being infected with 'Fineswine fever'.

    Maybe they refuse to watch television? Their brain remains intact.
     
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