- Posted January 21, 2013 by
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Gun control debate: Background checks
Vermont gun owners rally for 2nd Amendment
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
Saturday's rally was just one of several "Guns Across America" events planned across the United States to celebrate "Gun Appreciation Day", express support for the rights of gun owners and advocate for the 2nd Amendment amid a growing call for stricter gun control measures by the Obama Administration and firearms control proponents.
As outcry grows following the mass shooting of 20 school children and 6 adults in Newton Connecticut, proponents for stricter gun control measures have suggested the shock and emotional turmoil following the tragedy is a prime opportunity to break the NRA's "Strangle Hold" on any new legislation to control firearms.
While all eyes have been on Washington D.C. and Presidents Obama's recently announced plan to combat what some have described as a nation-wide epidemic of gun violence, lawmakers at the state and local level have begun pushing for tougher gun control legislation. Vermont State Senator Philip Baruth sponsored a bill, S.32 to ban the possession of "assault-style weapons" and high-capacity magazines. In a state with a very strong firearms culture, combined with one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the U.S., the least restrictive gun control laws in the U.S. and one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the U.S. Baruth's proposed legislation met with stiff resistance drawing criticism from his constituents and citizens across the state. In response to the vigorous public opposition and the Saturday rally, Baruth has withdrawn his proposed legislation.
With many proposals on the table and emotions running high going into this years legislative season, Vermonters on both sides of the debate seem to be preparing themselves for a long winter.