In response to Ms. Osterlund’s letter:
It seems to me that the key thing to keep in mind with all gun control legislation is the Leftist maxim “the issue is never the issue, the issue is always the revolution,” or as President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, said, “Never let a crisis go to waste.”
The long-term goal of those behind the gun control movement is complete disarmament of the American people since it is impossible to impose a Progressive Utopia on an armed population. The provisions of the recent law that forbid selling rifles to those under 21 years of age and that forbid the purchase of standard capacity magazines had nothing to do with either school safety or with public safety. The obvious approach of hardening schools and other public venues, of requiring a venue with a “gun free zone” policy to provide effective security, etc., were not in the law. The firearms laws will not make things safer and the next time there is some horror, whether here in Vermont or not, there will be more calls for laws disarming us.
It is true that both the Vermont and the U.S. Constitution were written many years ago. Times have changed, but human nature has not. The great danger of government at all levels is that the potential for exercising power and control is intoxicating, and people are just as weak and fallible now as they were in the 18th century. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 16 of the Vermont Constitution provide a check on government excess. The underlying principle of the Second Amendment and Article 16 of the Vermont Constitution is that government power is dangerous.
One last thought: It may well be that child rearing has so regressed in our day that people under the age of 21 are too immature, impulsive, and unreliable to purchase firearms. If that is the case, why are they allowed to vote? For that matter, why are they allowed to possess and use motor vehicles?
G. M. Donabedian