FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 13, 2018
Gun control in the Green Mountains destroys centuries of Vermont tradition.
As a freshly sworn-in Governor a year and a half ago, Governor Scott promised:
I’m going to do everything I can to protect the rights of all Vermonters and the human rights of all people — that includes standing up to executive orders from Washington that cross legal, ethical and moral lines.
– Governor Phil Scott, Rutland Herald, 18th February 2017
He has gutted both this promise and his oath of office wholesale by signing H.422 and S.55. These new laws do nothing whatsoever to enhance anyone’s safety or to reduce violence. Instead they work to violate our natural right to self defense as protected by the 2nd amendment, and our own Constitution’s Article 16. These new laws will also violate due process, privacy and property rights.
Everyone wants to reduce violence, reduce crime, and keep our children and our most vulnerable safe and out of harm’s way. These measures signed into law will not and can not achieve these goals; they are nothing but an infringement upon the rights of the innocent and peaceful citizens of this great state of Vermont. The impetus for these new laws was the issue of school safety – which is of vital interest to all Vermonters – but these bills wholly fail to meet this standard. They are therefore as useless as a Governor who violates their oath.
Governor Scott’s enduring legacy will be the egregious violation of the rights of Vermonters and the trashing of over two centuries of the Vermont tradition in trusting its citizens to be responsible in the exercise of their rights.
About Vermont Libertarian Party
The Vermont Libertarian Party is an affiliate of The National Libertarian Party. The motto of the VTLP is “Small Government, Low Taxes, More Freedom.” The VTLP has been more or less active in the Green Mountain State since the early 1980s. Despite the relatively small size of our state Party, the Libertarian Party is the largest third party in the country and driving a renaissance in libertarian thinking in this country.
Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Vermont Libertarian Party
PO Box 5475
Burlington VT 05402-5475