Tuesday, January 8, 2013

-Vermont: The "Feel Good Legislation" State

It's the Burlington City Council, and they've come to save us from ourselves!
I never liked Vermont. I don't look good in cardigan sweaters or Ski jackets with the lift-ticket still attached.
I've only been there once. It's very much like West Virginia. Vermont was a place where the people that rented shore houses for the summer would rent ski houses for the winter. Eventually, people decided to settle where they skied.
Vermont began attracting liberals like flies to road kill.
Burlington at one time was an up and coming little sub-city. A small town that attracted nouveau riche  refugees from New York and Tax-a-chussetts.
Doctor Dean was enough for me. My dad used to say "never trust a Doctor that doesn't practice medicine."
As if I needed another reason never to visit Vermont or spend another dime in Vermont, Burlington City Council approves gun ban
Read the article: You'll notice that there were several people in attendance that understand the horrible consequences of "feel-good-legislation".
A passionate crowd - many in blaze orange - packed City Hall Monday night. Most of whom were there to voice concern and contest the proposed change to the city charter.
"It's not really good to pass feel good legislations," said one gun rights advocate to the city council.
The proposed amendment banning semi-automatic assault weapons and multiple ammunition clips came from Norm Blais, (D-Burlington City Council) in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
"To those people who say we don't need this legislation in Burlington because nothing like this has ever happened here before, well the people of Newtown, Conn. could have said that before Dec. 15th," Blais said.
But at least one crowd member says emotions shouldn't cloud lawmaking judgment.
"I think it's a dangerous course to let emotions get into the driver's seat when writing legislation that could potentially infringe on constitutional rights," said Matt Storer, a member of the public in attendance.
And he wasn't the only one concerned with the Constitution. Applause echoed almost every speaker who mentioned the 2nd amendment.
Renee Robyor, another resident who spoke during public comment added, "This council has failed to recognize the right to keep arms omitting this right from the proposed charter change."
Another common theme among the dozens who addressed the council -- the need not to take away the guns -- but to focus on the mental health of those who may potentially pull a trigger.
Speaking of his training as a school teacher, Morgan Lamphere said, "We have come to understand that better mental health programs for children thru adult services will be the only way to help our society."
Still, Vermont is one of the most lenient states when it comes to gun laws -- some council members say it's better to look at what they can do in the short term like increase school safety, rather than try to challenge state law.
"To pass a law or to send a charter change that's ultimately probably going to do nothing, that Montpelier will not sign off on is a futile exercise," added Paul Decelles, (R-Burlington City Council.)
The amendment passed 10-3, but still has a long way to go before it could possibly go into effect. It must go into committee, eventually be voted on by the public, and then sent before the legislature in Montpelier.
Not to be outdone: Brattleboro, VT, votes to ban "assault weapons"
(Freerepublic cites the article but no link)
This should inspire some new Ben & Jerry flavor titles...

1 comment:

Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...


Vermont allows open and / or concealed carry without a permit. Spent a while up there. The hardcore moonbats are annoying as hell.

A fair number of them are employed through the local colleges, supported by $50k+ tuition rates (Middlebury college). If the Fed money was ever cut off to these institution (via guaranteed student debt-slave loans), many of these lefties would have to get real jobs.