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Re: “Burlington Says Gun Control Is Not Outlandish

Tiki, I suggest you research what the Founders meant when they used the term "select militia". If you cannot be bothered, let me point out that people such as John Adams, and the author of the "Federal Farmer" letters (see the Anti-Federalist Papers) pointed out that a select militia, in which only every 6th or 8th person served in the militia, would be a tyranny waiting to happen.
The Founders, including the man who drafted the Second Amendment (Madison), believed the militia was "the body of the people".
This was a militia that ignored their rightful leaders (colonial governors) and threw out their commissioned officers (appointed by the Crown), in orders to act in violation of the law. This part occurred in 1775, a year BEFORE the Declaration of Independence was made, all while we were still British colonies. THAT is the factual history of the militia you mention.
In fact, the Second Amendment says that such a militia (of the totality of the citizenry, willing to defend the natural rights of man) is "necessary", not 'suggested' or 'optional' or 'a good idea'; but "necessary".
As such, it would appear that the state legislatures are being derelict in their required duty, we should probably sue.

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Posted by Carl Fyrdman on 01/29/2016 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Burlington Says Gun Control Is Not Outlandish

To understand how onerous and offensive these suggested laws are, simply change one word. Replace "gun" with "Islam". Some right wing municipality could restrict Islam using the same arguments as Burlington does, 'No one is saying you can't own a burka/hijab (gun), you simply cannot bring it into public places where it might scare people. Furthermore, no one is saying Muslims can't own fertilizer (citizens own guns), we simply require it be low capacity amounts, be registered, and be kept locked up.'
If you want real gun control, how about the mandatory maximum for anyone caught committing a violent felony (rape, robbery, burglary, home invasion, aggravated assault) while in immediate possession of a firearm? You could possibly even add drug dealing to the list. Then the gang banger drug dealers on Church street might not exist.

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Posted by Carl Fyrdman on 01/29/2016 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Lawmakers Go For Gun Suppressors

It should have kept the hunting aspect. Obviously hunters cannot wear hearing protection, they wouldn't hear the deer/turkeys, and being deaf would also put other people at risk in that the hunter might not hear the sounds of neighbors and the like. Thus a silencer would prevent hearing damage, and thereby reduce healthcare costs.

Likewise, we keep hearing of complaints about the noise of shooting clubs. This bill will make the non-shooting neighbors happy, and allow the club to continue to operate.

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Posted by Carl Fyrdman on 05/16/2015 at 9:37 PM

Re: “House Panel Smacks Down Burlington Gun Rules

Imagine the outrage that would be expressed if the following local charter change story was aired:
"Town of Island Pond passes local charter banning Birth control, also requires all Muslims be subjected to 'safe storage' laws which prevent their unfettered access to the Koran as it has resulted in so much death."

Yet that is exactly what these nimrods from Burlington are asking for.

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Posted by Carl Fyrdman on 04/30/2015 at 9:20 PM

Re: “For Shumlin and Legislature, a Potential Choice Between Gun Rights and Local Control

IF they allow Article 16 to be modified into something other than the very clear statement originally used ("That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State"), that means that other aspects of the State Constitution can also be modified by local legislation.

Consistency of treatment (fairness by the State Legislature in the application of the law) and precedent will dictate that such matters as Article 1 (prohibiting slavery), Article 3 (freedom of religion), Article 13 (freedom of speech and of the press), and Article 20 (right to assembly & petition); can also be modified.

Furthermore, not only would the State Legislature be modifying Article 16, but also Article 1. For Article 1 states: "That all persons are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent, and unalienable rights, amongst which are the enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property". It states we have an inherent and unalienable right to defend our life & liberty, as well as to protect our property. I don't think it could be any more clear.

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Posted by Carl Fyrdman on 03/02/2014 at 10:42 AM

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