It takes a lot to get Vermonters riled up . . .
Gov. Phil Scott hadn’t even reached the podium set up on the Statehouse steps Wednesday before hearing past supporters greet him with shouts of “traitor” and former opponents cheering “thank you.”
The two camps were split with one on the left, the other on the right, and the Republican governor standing square in the middle looking out at them as he marked the signing of three bills making historic changes to gun laws in Vermont.
As detractors jeered, the governor said he realized the political consequences of his signature. “Many who voted for me are disappointed and angry. I understand I may lose support over my decision to sign these bills today, but those are consequences I’m prepared to live with,” he said.
Don’t you just hate when that happens? . . .
Poor Managerial Execution
DKS CEO Edward Stack’s decision to become the corporate face of gun control would be the first item on the list (like are you kidding me it’s an outdoorsman store). In one fell swoop, Stack effectively alienated a large portion of the store’s clientele base.
DKS stopped firearms sales to anyone under 21 at any of its 845 Dick’s and Field and Stream stores, stopped selling assault-style weapons at Field and Stream as well as Dick’s stores. Now the only guns you can buy at Dick’s are shotguns and rifles.
I don’t understand why management would assume a political position, although a step toward stricter gun control may be the ethical or moral high ground, management should conceptualize that a sizable portion of shoppers are gun enthusiasts, resulting in both decreased sales and potential customer loss over this very personal issue.
This is how you know you’re doing it wrong . . .
Reversing the usual script, Democrats praised one of President Trump’s federal appeals court nominees Wednesday while Republicans brought the tough questions for Mark Jeremy Bennett over his defense of gun control laws and free speech rights.
Mr. Bennett, a former Hawaii attorney general now nominated to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, had backed a limited interpretation of Second Amendment rights that was overturned by the Supreme Court.
— Alishia Wolcott (@alishiawolcott) April 11, 2018
Alishia Wolcott is fed up and she’s not taking it any more . . .
The 2016 graduate told the Reno Aces — a minor league baseball team — that she would not sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” because of the stadium’s no firearms policy and new metal-detector screening process.
“I WILL NOT sing our National Anthem at a place that seeks to strip me of my second amendment rights!!!” she said on Twitter on Tuesday. Linked to her tweet was a lengthy message about her misgivings over the policy.
Wolcott, who described herself as a longtime Aces fan and an “avid baseball lover,” said at first she welcomed the invitation to sing at Greater Nevada Field in Reno.
Then, as she and her husband were arriving on Saturday to see the Aces play the Grizzlies, they saw security checks at the entrances that included metal-detector hand wands.
Guns are for people of every political stripe. But so are the four rules of gun safety . . .
The Las Cruces Sun News reports that a woman was charged with aggravated assault after shooting out her own car window after things got hot with another motorist. UK tabloid The Mirror spotted that she was fresh to gun ownership and had argued about it online with friends.
Are you a mildly tech-literate politico horrified by the level of ignorance demonstrated by lawmakers gearing up to regulate online technology they don’t even begin to grasp? Cool. Now you have a tiny glimpse into a day in the life of a gun owner.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 10, 2018