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Slate Ridge to hold Second Amendment picnic next month

By Guy Page

There will be a Second Amendment Picnic at the Slate Ridge firearms facility on Briar Hill Road in West Pawlet on April 17. 

“We will have a vast variety of all different ethnicities, races, cultures, and religions, baffling the individuals that believe that the contrary exist within the firearms world,” operator Daniel Banyai said in an email to Vermont Daily

He hopes visitors will “make time to come and take a look at our facility and embrace the love, friendship, and ability to exercise our constitutional rights.” He said that “pro 2A politicians, attorneys, and pro-firearms media sources” have been asked to attend. 

A Vermont judge earlier this month handed Banyai and Slate Ridge a loss in a long-running local zoning dispute. On March 5, Vermont Superior Court Judge ruled that Banyai must tear down and remove the firearms center and firing range because it was built in violation of Pawlet zoning regulations, according to a copy of the judicial decision posted by VT Digger

More information about Slate Ridge can be found on the Slate Ridge Family Facebook page.

Also, a Gofundme page is seeking to raise funds for the legal dispute.

“Slate Ridge volunteers both time and location to teach gun owners how to handle their weapon safely.  Mr. Banyai invites people to bring their whole family onto his land and teaches them how to become responsible gun owners,” organizer Sarah Toscano said. “Disputes with neighbors have led to the town attempting to zone Slate Ridge out of existence.”

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  1. First, we need to ask: is this a small property located in a city downtown or otherwise densely populated area?

    Next, if not, and this is a large or rural property, then what is the issue?

    So, hypothetically, if you own a 1/2 acre lot on Church Street in Burlington then ordinances could rightly prohibit the subject operation.

    However, should the same hypothetical standard applied in BTV also apply in rural and sparsely populated West Pawlet?

    Folks, our current fantasy that we own our property when the government can take it away from us should we not pay their ransom (A.K.A. property taxes) or submit to their often tyrannical usage regulations over our lands is diametrically opposed to our natural, Constitutionally protected rights.

    As such, their “regulations” are unconstitutional, illegal.

    • Unconstitutional or illegal? What is the General Welfare? What is ‘Reckless Endangerment’? At what point does individual responsibility end and the collective tyranny of the majority supersede it? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

      Mr. Sexton, as Benjamin Franklin pointed out during the constitutional convention of 1787, our Republic “… can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

      In layman’s terms, as George Bernard Shaw opined: “Liberty means responsibility. Which is why most men dread it.”

      The freedom to succeed IS the freedom to fail. And, from time to time, fail we must. One of my personal failures is that I can’t figure out how to sufficiently demonstrate or explain the virtues of individual responsibility to those who dread it. Perhaps I can explain better by reverse engineering another Franklin observation: That: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”

      I would say today, that: ‘Individual freedom means we may, indeed, hang separately. Otherwise, we will, most assuredly, all hang together.’

      If I must hang, I, for one, prefer to hang alone.

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