GOP Governor Caves

PUBLISHED: 6:32 PM 2 Apr 2018
UPDATED: 9:42 PM 2 Apr 2018

Republican Governor To Sign Huge Gun Reform Bill

He states that citizens may be unhappy with the new laws.

The Governor of Vermont, a republican, ran claiming that he would protect gun rights. Instead, he promised to sign a bill of gun control laws.

For gun owners, republicans have often been thought of as a safe vote to preserve their right to keep and bear arms as enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Generally, republicans stand up for the Second Amendment with much greater vigor and passion than democrats, especially when it’s under attack by leftist politicians and media.

But the Republican Governor of Vermont, Philip Scott, signaled this weekend that he will be signing a ‘gun reform’ bill that restricts the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms, likely today. This is a shocking move for the usually pro-gun state of Vermont, and many are unhappy with the bill.

Governor Scott himself said as recently as two months ago that he would be against many of the provisions in the bill he plans to sign. He even went so far as to say that he was against any further restrictions on gun rights in his state.

Sadly, a day after the Parkland shooting, Governor Scott’s opinion changed. A school shooting at the Fair Haven Union High School was narrowly averted when a friend of the would-be shooter alerted law enforcement.

Governor Scott himself suggested that the people who voted for him “will be disappointed” by his choice to sign the bill, but he thinks that the residents of his state will “get accustomed to the new normal” of firearm restrictions.

The bill, S.55, which passed with only one additional vote to spare, contains a number of provisions further restricting Second Amendment rights.

First, the bill will ban bump-stocks in the state of Vermont.

The bill will also ban the sale of firearms in the state to citizens under the age of 21. However, the bill does carve out exceptions for law enforcement officers and those in active service in the U.S. Armed Forces or the Vermont National Guard, so long as they are buying the weapon for purposes of their duties.

An amendment will also ban standard-capacity magazines for semi-automatic rifles that hold more than ten rounds, as well as pistol magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.

However, the law, as it currently exists, will allow those who already own a standard-capacity magazine (which the bill, and leftists in the state, mischaracterize as ‘high-capacity’) to keep their rifle and pistol magazines.

In protest, Recoil magazine, a well-known firearm publication, and Magpul, one of the best-known producers of standard-capacity magazines for semi-automatic rifles, passed out 1,200 30-round magazines over the weekend.

In a statement, Governor Scott rationalized his decision to sign the bill, saying that “if we are at the point when our kids are afraid to go school and parents are afraid to put their kids on the bus, who are we?”

Apparently, ‘we’ are people who pass feel-good legislation to infringe on the rights of others.

Schools have never been safer, and gun violence in the United States, despite the media portrayal to the contrary, is still trending downwards from its high in the mid 90’s. Vermont, a state with widespread firearm ownership, also had some of the lowest firearm violence rates in the country.

It’s likely that legislation arbitrarily barring people between the ages of 18 and 20 from owning firearms (unless they’re employees of a government agency) will be challenged in courts once Governor Scott signs the bill.

As for the ban on 30-round standard-capacity magazines, it remains an absurd idea, and the dishonest claim that these magazines are ‘high-capacity’ remains a leftist talking point with no truth behind it.

During the early development of the AR-15, back when it was still the 30-caliber AR10, the first magazines made for the rifle held twenty rounds. After the AR-15 became common, the standard magazine capacity was thirty rounds.

Further, changing the magazine size to arbitrary limits does little to stop violence. It’s widely claimed that the shooter in Parkland, Florida, used 10-round magazines during his shooting. It wasn’t the magazines that allowed him to kill students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; it was the lack of an armed response to his violence.

If school children and parents are afraid of violence in schools, perhaps Governor Scott should instead invest in armed protection in schools, instead of restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens on a whim.

Vermont voters will be able to express their displeasure with Governor Scott’s flip-flopping on gun rights at the ballot box. Hopefully, those who value their rights make themselves heard.