Saturday, December 15

Here We GO AGAIN!!!!!! When will this foolishness ever end? We are surrounded by sicko’s and nothing will ever stop that. I get so disgusted with all these intelligent people, such as Michael Bloomberg and others like Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper who call for increased gun control to stop individuals from dropping over the line of sanity, who the commit these heinous crimes. I agree that all states should perform a background check and not allow a person with a past record of mental illness or a criminal record to legally buy or carry a firearm of any kind. Hey…everyone concentrates on a handgun. What if he had chosen to use the .223 caliber rifle in his car instead of the pistols? Then what? He would have been using a legal weapon that anyone can purchase. Once again, we try to cure the pain rather than the illness. Guns DO NOT KILL! The mentally incompetent person holding it does…and taking away the gun (whether a handgun, rifle or shotgun) only means they must use a bow and arrow, knife or club. The most commonly used weapon in an assault is the baseball bat. Seriously, check for yourself! So tell me, why do we not register or outlaw baseball bats? Silly you say…well, people kill with them and that’s a fact! New York (60.12%) and Washington D.C. (75.57%) have some of the strictest gun laws in the country and what is their crime rate for murders with associated gun involvement? Now compare this with Vermont at 28.57% and then read the article below…
       Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack has read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as Vermont's own Constitution very carefully, and his strict interpretation of these documents is popping some eyeballs in New England and elsewhere.
Maslack recently proposed a bill to register "non-gun-owners" and require them to pay a $500 yearly fee to the state. Thus Vermont would become the first state to require a permit for the luxury of going about unarmed and assess a fee of $500 for the privilege of not owning a gun. Maslack read the "militia" phrase of the Second Amendment as not only the right of the individual citizen to bear arms, but as 'a clear mandate to do so'. He believes that universal gun ownership was advocated by the Framers of the Constitution as an antidote to a "monopoly of force" by the government as well as criminals. Vermont’s constitution states explicitly that "the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State" and those persons who are conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms "shall be required to pay the equivalent"
Clearly, says Maslack, Vermonters have a constitutional obligation to arm themselves, so that they are capable of responding to "any situation that may arise."
Under the bill, adults who choose not to own a firearm would be required to register their name, address, Social Security Number, and driver's license number with the state. "There is a legitimate government interest in knowing who is not prepared to defend the state should they be asked to do so," Maslack says.
Vermont already boasts a high rate of gun ownership along with the least restrictive laws of any state .... it's currently the only state that allows a citizen to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. This combination of plenty of guns and few laws regulating them has resulted in a crime rate that is the third lowest in the nation.
" America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards."
This makes sense! There is no reason why gun owners should have to pay taxes to support police protection for people not wanting to own guns to defend themselves.

Let them contribute their fair share and pay their own way. Sounds reasonable to me! Non-gun owners require more police to protect them and this fee should go to paying for their defense!
There have been other states that made it mandatory to carry a firearm on the street…in plain view…and again, their crime rates were reduced to a low that rivaled any in the country, while states with strict gun laws have the highest crime rates of all.
Its simple folks…if we are smart…we don’t kick a rattle snake or throw a stone into a hornet’s nest. Why? Because we know they will retaliate. People who are carrying a firearm will retaliate too, so criminals pick on those who cower and live in places with strict gun laws because they are pretty sure the residents are unarmed and an easy target.      Now why would I want a criminal to think that and target me? I want to carry a handgun…in a shoulder holster and never remove it from that holster unless someone threatens me or my wife…Then I want to be able to defend her and myself. It’s that simple…don’t bother me or mine and I will never need to be defensive or nasty to another human being, but in Vermont, I’d know not to accost a person, because he would probably be packing protection as the law permits. Alaska is a state where you can carry a handgun at eighteen years of age and carry concealed at twenty-one WITHOUT a permit at all…and their crime rates are low too… Why can’t our stupid representatives look at the facts and understand that a society with gun laws that take guns from citizens is a society where crime is rampant!

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