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Republican Governor’s Betrayal in Vermont Shows How Public Ignorance Lets Practiced Liars Say Anything

Republican Governor's Betrayal in Vermont Shows How Public Ignorance Lets Practiced Liars Say Anything
Time was Vermont produced men like Ethan Allen, who had a differrent response for tyrants than obeying them. (1875 engraving depicting the capture of Fort Ticonderoga by Ethan Allen on May 10, 1775)

1,200 standard capacity 30-round magazines from MAGPUL Industries were supplied free-of-charge courtesy RECOIL magazine to Vermont gun owners in a protest operation appropriately called the “Green Mountain Airlift.” The magazines were distributed Saturday to gun owner rights demonstrators at the statehouse in Montpelier in anticipation of the governor signing a law banning them.

They were protesting bans on magazines, bans on rate-enhancing devices, bans on selling guns to citizens under 21, the end of private sales, due-process trampling confiscation orders, and more proposed infringements in the wings.

Republican Governor's Betrayal in Vermont Shows How Public Ignorance Lets Practiced Liars Say Anything
Mike Vanderboegh had an answer for those who would ban tools tyrants didn’t want their subjects to have.

Magazines owned before their banning will be “grandfathered,” although how that can be reliably verified is unclear. The giveaway is reminiscent of civil disobedience actions conducted by my late friend and colleague Mike Vanderboegh, although he smuggled ammunition and magazines into states (and sent to oath-breakers governing them) where band had been enacted as acts of defiance against edicts seen as unconstitutional and tyrannical:

“But even before the shot heard ’round the world, the colonists understood their weaknesses and their military needs and did something about it. They smuggled. They smuggled Dutch gunpowder and French flints. They smuggled tents and uniform cloth and artillery and ammunition. Boston was the high headquarters of anti-British smuggling and John Hancock was its prime minister. Connecticut was a small empire built on patriotic smuggling. The colonists knew what to do and they did it, regardless of the risk — regardless of all the King’s ministers and the King’s soldiery. They defied the King. They resisted his edicts. They evaded his laws and they smuggled. Lord above, did they smuggle.”

That’s part of the “I will not comply” paradigm popularized by Thoreau, and still available as a form of nullification for when all “legal” means of redress have been closed off from complying with a higher law, “the supreme Law of the Land.” It’s no different, morally, from refusing to obey edicts requiring firearms be surrendered, or disobeying orders to do the confiscation.

The real lawbreaking comes from those who would pass and enforce such totalitarian edicts under color of authority. And in this case, the villain is “Republican” Governor Phil Scott, who says he has “every intention of signing it.”

“What’s being passed at this point in time doesn’t intrude on the Second Amendment,” Scott flat-out lied. “It doesn’t take away their guns, and I believe that we will get accustomed to the new normal.”

How the fork-tongued weasel-worder figures these aren’t infringements is not stated. Of course they are, and the magazine limitation is a direct assault on Founding intent – as recognized by the Supreme Court — that the people have a right to “arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time [and] the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear … ordinary military equipment … that … could contribute to the common defense.”

As for this being “the new normal,” it won’t be for long. Once these points have been surrendered, the gun-grabbers will be back for more, and then there will be a new “new normal” – all the way down the “slippery slope” until the collectivists are ready to try for their end game, as treasonous ex- Supreme Court “Justice” John Paul Stevens made clear.

The new normal will be a monopoly of violence, exactly what the Founders opposed.

Time was, Vermont was the gold standard for the right to keep and bear arms, being relatively free of infringements to the point where permitless carry was once dubbed “Vermont carry.” Like everything else they touch, “progressives” in the state can’t resist tampering with freedom and imposing their obsession with control over everything.  This was, after all, the state that gave “us” the out-and-out national socialist Bernie Sanders for a presidential candidate.

It’s fair to wonder what Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys citizen militia would make of the mostly ungrateful and oblivious beneficiaries of the sacrifices they made to win liberty from despots.  Allen, too, was once declared an outlaw by a tyrannical governor for his acts of defiance.

I have a feeling Scott wouldn’t want to open the door.


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. To the best of my recollection (if John Ross is accurate in his portrayal of U.S. v Miller), the case was lost because neither the defendant or his attorney showed up to argue their side after the government appealed the district court decision. I’ve proposed a few times elsewhere (I think on YOUR blog) that another “Miller” case be set up, this time with the carefully crafted argument AND enough funding to get it done the right way, instead of just a loss because of non-appearance. The Justices back then were obviously of a mind to hear (and probably affirm) the correct lower court’s interpretation. It would certainly put to rest that question of whether or not the men (and now women) who make up the ranks from which the state’s militias would be drawn can be expected to own, use and train with “military: style arms.

  2. Scott has the same mindset as any other common criminal, “Do whatever you wish to your victim and then shift the blame.” Make it the victim’s fault.

  3. Born and raised there in the ’30’s and ’40’s. So much change; of the “progressive” kind. We made our last trip back to Vermont a few years ago. We can never go back again. Too painful.

    Ethan and his brother Ira were from Connecticut, by the way. Sanders is most definitely not a Vermonter. He is from New Jersey by way of Chicago. But he is a good fit there, now. Burlington, where he lives and was mayor is a hot bed of communism.

  4. I suspect that Governor Scott is another example of the success the left is having by running one of their own, registered as a republican, for public office. They campaign as a conservative all the while determined to continue the destruction of America.

    This has happened a couple of times here in a very conservative area. They elected a mayor and a state representative in a town dominated by conservatives.

    The lesson is to dig deep into candidates background before considering them and vote out the RINOS.


    Saturday, April 7 at 12 PM – 2 PM
    4 Corners, Downtown Bennington, VT

    On behalf of Kevin Hoyt, who the town wouldn’t let set up a meeting to assemble to speak about school safety and gun rights , we’ll be doing a pro 2A rally—- It’s time to get out there and be noticed that we are not going to sit idly by and allow our rights to be further restricted, Infringed upon or lost to the uneducated gun grabbers. Get everyone involved that you know who enjoys hunting, shooting and or are still the Patriots in defense of our Constitution and all its Amendments. Signs welcome and encouraged!! The more support the better!!! SHARE SHARE SHARE!!! #MarchForOurRIGHTS
    **From Kevin Hoyt— please try to refrain from the carry of long guns for this event, last thing we want is for this to look like a crazed and scary mob—
    We recommend no firearms — for those who wish to bring them please reconsider. No one is stopping anyone, but image is very important here”
    No specific dress code- we are all blue-collar law-abiding gun owners, your normal everyday attire is recommended.

  6. As a Vermonter, the outrage is not quite loud enuf yet. The state, yeah even the libs, own thousands of guns. We have about 95% of the land as farms, forests etc. Even the libs keep a shotgun behind the kitchen door. 911 calls get a response in as little as 1 hour.
    But this soon to be ex-governor has given over what little influence the conservatives in this state to the flatlander imports. They moved here to enjoy our beautiful state but brought their NY, CT and Mass ideas with them.
    There are still many, many Ethan Allens left here. Scott may find out soon just how many there are.

    1. We were in central Vermont the day the roads went after the hurricane in 2009. And yes there are many Green Mountain Boys left in Vermont. They did come out of the woods and take care of business, i.e. opened a lane out and sent all the flatlander tourista south before VEMA got involved. “They” are there as they are elsewhere but they need to give up on the “live and let live” idea and get active, or else!!

    2. Excuse me but I’m a 3% Oath Keeper from CT just like Ethan Allen was. Please don’t paint all flatlanders with the same brush as I know a lot of flat landers that have come up here to live and have second homes just for the gun freedom that Vermont provided.

      1. I was born and raised in CT until Vietnam ’67-’68. After I got out and returned to Ct I was not about to be restricted from my right to protect myself and moved to Vermont. Never looked back except to read how Ct has become another NY, Ca, Ma, Nj.

  7. The hippies changed Vermont beginning in the 60s and 70s, but that was long ago — and now they’ve crossed a major red line.

    Get ready for the next cultural and political shift in Vermont. And it’s NOT going to be leftist in nature this time around.

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