6-23-16 – Vermont Candidate Open to Ban on Semi-Automatic Firearms

by Rob Roper

In a recent interview with WCAX, David Zuckerman, running as a Democrat for the office of Lieutenant Governor, indicated he was open to banning semi-automatic firearms in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting by an ISIS loyalist in a gay nightclub. Clearly, gun control and the right to bear arms will be a big issue in the upcoming policy debate.

Here’s what the Vermont Constitution says about the right to bear arms: “Article 16. That the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State…” And, here’s what Vermont candidates for higher office have to say on the subject:

“It seems like [semi-automatic firearms] are not really necessary to the world of hunting and self defense. If you’re using a pistol or rifle for self defense, that should do. But, I just think it’s not necessary to have semi-automatic weapons for the most part. (WCAX, 6/22/16) – David Zuckerman, Democrat candidate for Lt. Governor.

“I support criminal background checks for all gun sales and a ban on assault weapons,” Sue Minter, Democrat candidate for Vermont Governor

“As Gov. I’ll ban military style assault weapons.” Peter Galbraith, Democrat candidate for Vermont Governor

“We absolutely must implement universal background checks. Second, we must ban people on the terrorist watch list, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns, and we must crack down on straw purchases.” Matt Dunn, Democrat candidate for Vermont Governor

“I don’t believe that we need more gun restrictions in Vermont at this time. I think we should enforce the ones we have…. I don’t believe we need to change our gun laws in Vermont … [A background check requirement on private gun sales] is not something I would support.” (VPR) – Phil Scott, Republican candidate for Vermont Governor

“I believe Vermont’s gun laws are good and do not need to be changed. Vermont has among the lowest violent crimes rate per capita involving gun use among any state.” (VT Digger) Bruce Lisman, Republican candidate for governor.

“I called on my Senate colleagues to come together and pass commonsense gun laws to keep Americans safe, including requiring universal background checks and banning assault weapons” – Patrick Leahy, Democrat candidate for US Senate

“There is a very broad consensus in this country… that we have got to do everything that we can to prevent guns from falling into the hands of people who should not have them. That means expanding the instant background check, it means doing away with the gun show loophole, it means addressing the straw man provision.” (NY Daily News) Bernie Sanders, Democrat candidate for US president.

What do you think?

– Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Shazzam June 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm

But when the time comes for the ‘Zuckermon’ to forgo his worthless broccoli crops to grow high-grade buds of Afghan Kush, (which because of his antics is only a matter of time in Vermut) trust me …. he’ll be guarding those crops with many guns ….


Barrie June 23, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Zuckerman needs to do some study work on semi-automatic vs. fully automatic weapons. Just because a gun looks a certain way does not reveal it’s lethality.
He can pry my cold fingers from my semi-auto hunting rifle with 5 round magazine.


Jim Bulmer June 25, 2016 at 1:26 pm

I agree with Bruce. Enforce the laws on the books. It’s the same old, same old. When the authorities fail to enfoce existing laws resulting in mayhem, they immediately blame legislatures for not passing enough laws. Get real!!!!


Steve Hearne June 26, 2016 at 8:36 pm

How about locking up the trouble makers and deporting illegals and those who have overstayed (worn out their welcome) their visas. Repeat offenders need to be taught a lesson. Don’t forget there is vacancy in Guantanamo. I wish our senators and congressman were as concerned about our children and grand children as they seem to be about those who break our laws and barge their way to the head of the buffet table.


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