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Thommy Taber 
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Re: “Burlington School Board Issues Call for Stricter Gun Laws

Wow, the pro-gun faction in Vermont is out in full swing as keyboard warriors. God forbid an elected body pass a resolution concerning the safety of the individuals they are charged to serve.

Just as Tiki said, no current proposals by the state restricts the right to bear arms - it just places limits on it. This is much akin to how limits are placed on free speech - libel and slander aren't protected - or the freedom of assembly - you can't hamper the ability of emergency services by demonstrating. Where were all of you constitutional absolutists when the UVM students blocked traffic? Oh wait, you guys are only interested in rights that benefit you directly.

Also, can we not use the word pansy Timothy? I'm sorry you feel so negatively towards homosexuals, but it's not the place to air that grievance.

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/28/2018 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Woman Shot After Man Opens Fire Into Crowd Outside Burlington Bar

Marianne1: I was born in Rutland state hospital and am at least fourth generation Vermonter. But thanks for the archetypal nativist tone I expect from bitter Vermonters that love to demand their state back from those god awful flat landers and terrible out of state UVM students.

Also, the violent crime rate in 2014 was 0.102%, whilst in 1974 it was 0.075%. If it was really so safe back then, then how come violent crime has only increased by a factor of 1.36? Perhaps all the older adults here are idealizing their past and imagining it as a safer, easier time.

*For reference, the most violent state is Alaska with a violent crime rate of 0.8%

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/26/2018 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Woman Shot After Man Opens Fire Into Crowd Outside Burlington Bar

What is with all you salty commenters? From what you all say, it sounds as if the streets of Burlington are filled with heroin, debauchery, crime and vagrants. Perhaps you should compare Burlington to cities like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston or LA.

Also, citizen, perhaps you should take a xanax before your carotid bursts. "It might be time to bring back public hangings" - are you serious...?

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/26/2018 at 2:36 PM

Re: “At Statehouse Rally, Vermont Students Join Call for Gun Control

Are we just all glancing over the fact that Australia had a buyback program for guns and they haven't had any gun related mass murders since? There's also been a decrease in the over all homicide rate in Australia, with many statisticians claiming that the buyback program was beneficial.

Claiming that gun laws are ineffective, while true to a degree, fails to acknowledge that there are benefits to them. Anyone can drive drunk, but our systems in place have largely been a beneficial deterent to this risky behavior. Because it still happens, should we dismantle those systems? With the pro-gun lobby's logic we should, because their logic hinges on absolutes.

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/21/2018 at 11:01 AM

Re: “'The Last Minute to Play': Oil Mogul Skip Vallee Takes the Fight to Cancer

Linus Leavens:
What are you talking about? You cited an article that appeared in the Burlington Free Press without a static url or DOI and one that was published (seemingly) by the Vermont Petroleum Association. As far as I can tell, this association is mainly engaged in lobbying and has had no actual studies that it has funded. Literally that is the most bogus source I've seen in a while - you would have been better off citing Yelp.

Lastly, I have not once mentioned how I feel politically. You're the individual that's assuming what my political identity is. Why can't I dislike your prick of a cousin because I dislike your prick of a cousin? And ugh spoiler alert, I'm a little pissed off because I grew up in Franklin County. I'm a little peeved that your jackass cousin ripped me off in terms of gas prices. Actually, that is my political identity: anti-Skip Vallee.

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/20/2018 at 11:38 PM

Re: “At Statehouse Rally, Vermont Students Join Call for Gun Control

Snow Creek:
Unfortunately private schools do not have to report on the make up of their student body, however, their FAQ does list a number of towns from which students come from. Furthermore, I hope you're aware that sticker price does not actually equate to actual price when it comes to education. The cost of education is very much akin to car buying now. Furthermore, what does it matter if they're from out of state? Their opinion somehow matters less? In your mind does someone need to be a seventh generation Vermonter to actually have a valid opinion?

In terms of the mental health bit and gun buying - are you sure? Most evidence associates a decrease in suicides caused by guns when guns are restricted, either temporarily or permanently. Look no further than studies in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia or Australia. Also, I wasn't referring to Sydney Bay in terms of sharks being perpetrators of crimes or being cognizant of the English language. I was referring to it in the context of how a civilized society deals with relative dangers. If guns are the major driver of school shootings and there exists data in other countries that suggest that regulating guns would be a negative pressure in terms of the rate of school shootings... then maybe we should regulate guns?

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/20/2018 at 11:20 PM

Re: “At Statehouse Rally, Vermont Students Join Call for Gun Control

Citizen, please don't refer to me as "boy". It's insulting, it's rude and it's inappropriate. Second of all, I am fairly certain that I referred to the Second Amendment as being dubious in terms of grammatical interpretation. There's no need to interpret my educational background and somehow appeal to it.

There exists three commas, and thus four sections, within the Amendment, or, alternatively one comma. Why is there a debate over whether or not there are one or three commas? One version was passed by Congress and the other ratified by the States. Depending on which version you choose to accept, "a well regulated Militia" is either a separate clause to "right to bear arms" or is a dominant clause to it. Therefore, one can interpret the amendment as allowing for solely an armed national guard, or an armed national guard and an armed populace. Complicating this matter, the definition of "arms" is not terribly struct. It simply does not allow for the application of scrutiny. For example, does it allow for the possession of nuclear arms? Under your strict interpretation of the amendment, it indeed does allow for that.

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/20/2018 at 11:08 PM

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