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Balint: march for federal gun laws

After a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 21 people, Vermont State Senator and Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress Becca Balint issued the following statement.

I didn’t sleep last night. I kept thinking: What kind of nation are we when we watch our school children get gunned down and do nothing about it? Littleton, Red Lake, Newtown, Pittsburg, Parkland, Buffalo, Uvalde and too many other communities. We should do more than feel sickened and outraged by it all.

Today, grieve for those beautiful humans killed in yet another depraved massacre, but tomorrow I am asking all of us to organize and march and demand change. It is the very least we can do for all those devastated families.

We don’t have to live with these horrors. The slaughter of our children is not the price we have to pay for freedom.

This is a man-made epidemic and we cannot pretend that the answer is out of reach.

Americans overwhelmingly support criminal background checks and other sensible gun laws. We want change. We have wanted change for years, but Congress refuses to act. Comprehensive gun safety legislation must be brought to the floor of the House for a vote. Let parents of school children know where every single member stands. The Senate must end the filibuster, then expand background checks and waiting periods for people who do not pass a background check. The Senators protecting a centuries old procedural rule— as our children are murdered—are betraying their oath to protect and serve the American people.

I have seen the power of parents when they demand change, I have seen high school students speak with righteous anger and brilliance and move mountains. Here in Vermont I have been part of the collective force to change gun laws in the face of empty rhetoric and we have saved lives. We must take every legal measure available to us to stop the murder of our children.

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  1. I agree we should feel awful that these things are happening to frequently. But, We don’t need more gun laws and restrictions. Laws only affect those who follow the law. If someone what’s a gun, they will, and have gotten it regardless of laws set in place. What about drugs? Have the laws passed helped to control that? The simple answer is no. We don’t have a gun problem, we have a sin problem in this country. You want change, bring God back into the equation and see if that helps!

    God bless, Josh Elkins

  2. I would expect no different from a mouth piece of the left. Limiting the rights of lawful citizens should never be the answer for criminal actions.

  3. Here we have Senator Balint jumping on the bandwagon of simplistic solutions to deal with an extremely serious and complex problem plaguing this country.

    Jumping on the bandwagon of simple solutions in order to garner votes for Congress is pandering of the worse sort and insulting to the voters.

    Vermonters want a thinking person representing them in Congress……A Congress person who can cope with complex problems and not someone who merely parrots party talking points.

    Senator Blint……You have to do better.

    • Respectfully Mr. Yankowski, where Becca Balint is concerned, what you see is what you get. She is a shallow tool of the left, always has been, always will be.

  4. How about pledging to deal with the unmet mental health needs of far too many in our country? There can be no argument that any of those who have wantonly slaughtered innocent people whether it be via a gun, knife or car, are truly insane. Mentally healthy people don’t do these things. New gun laws won’t do a thing to stop the carnage.

    I don’t know all that much about the latest Texas shooter but news reports seem to say he was failing at school, a loner with few friends who played violent video games and lived with his grandparents. He had evidently been dumped there by a mom more interested in dating and doing whatever; no mention of a father. So we are looking at a deeply dysfunctional family and a troubled kid that fell through the cracks; actually huge gaps in this case. I’m sure there are many more like him out there; what are we doing to intervene before they kill people?

    • We do have a mental health problem. I’m glad your advocating for universal access to healthcare services! I’d gladly have my taxes raised if the well being of our collective country was made a priority.

  5. Here we have once again, a Marxist/Progressive who has shown her beliefs very clearly with her actions. She wants to continue to be an elected member of our Constitutional Republic form of Government yet, consistently violate our Constitution every chance she gets.

    FEELINGS not FACTS rule her world. All Lawful Citizens should give up their Rightful 2nd Amendment guns for self-protection, so she can FEEL GOOD about the evil that exists in the world.

    I’m sure the evil people will hold onto their illegal guns MS. Balint, because they don’t care about your FEELINGS.

  6. It is not the lack of gun laws that is causing this violence. it is not law abiding citizens who are causing this harm.
    It is not the gun, as an object that causes harm.
    It is the mentally ill, criminals, terrorists, and/or gang members that use the gun as a tool to commit acts of violence, causing this harm.

    Why not place blame where it falls on the individual, instead of an inanimate object.

    Individual people have failed, our mental health system or lack of a mental health system has failed, extreme liberal policies have failed, the COVID-19 lock downs have failed, media propaganda with its hate filled rhetoric has failed.

    All of these have failed the American people. Gun violence soars because we allow it to. Violent offenders aren’t prosecuted or they face minimal or reduced sentencing.

    Cities like Baltimore and Chicago are overrun with gang violence and shootings because the mayor’s in these cities have reduced and demoralized the police force.

    Our nations dominant political ideologies treat criminals and drug addicts like martyrs, raising them to sainthood, while law abiding citizens are labeled as domestic terrorists by the DOJ for raising their voices at a school board meeting.

    Boys who rape young girls in a public school rest room are just moved to a new school to again rape another girl in the girls bathroom. Talk about failure of the school system.

    More and more terrorists, drug dealers, human traffickers, and gang members flood into this country every day due to our almost non-existent immigration policies. Ranchers in Texas are finding dead bodies on their property. People are being caught in the act of human trafficking. Maybe, we should do a better job screening who is coming into this country to exclude these demographics.

    I can only assume this is not done because escalating gun violence serves the political objective of removing people’s gun ownership rights, as unarmed people can’t protect themselves, their family or their property, as many have openly stated they want to abolish property rights.

    Wake up!

  7. If only politicians displayed such passion about children safety when it comes to late term abortions, terminating hours after birth aka infanticide, forced innoculation with experimental medical treatments, masking, isolation, being taught to hate themselves due to race and/or gender. They don’t care about children’s safety at all. Evil disguised as virtue. The Leftist playbook and fully supported by RINOS. What we are seeing is Obama’s tactics again and again.

    • Don’t hold your breath for Progressives addressing your idea. These are people who are all about Ideals and not about principals.

  8. I thank all the above respondents. I agree with everything said. wish more americans believed this too.

  9. Same old tired rhetoric from Progressives. Their so called solutions always get us back to the next mass murder event. They just aren’t serious in solving this problem other than attempting to score some sort of political gain. Sure , raise the age to purchase firearms. Improve background checks if that’s possible. But these are all feel good things for Progressive. According to the violence project (Peterson/Densley), 80% of school shooters obtained their firearms from members of their own family. Not through a legal firearm purchase. What’s really needed is (a) Securing all schools via the same protections you find in court houses, government buildings and airports (b) get to the root causes on why young men choose to wreak carnage on others and have a complete indifference to human life. You don’t hear anything from Progressives on those proposals. Why? because it doesn’t further their narrative. Moreover, they may not like what we find out as cultural root causes.

    • Maybe defensive firearms training should be offered as part of teaching degree ? Imagine the difference that those teachers, who so bravely, and unselfishly tried, with their own lives, to save those children could have made if they were properly trained in defensive firearms training. Most teachers being good dues paying, liberal AFT, NEA members will probably say that this should not be necessary, but I do not believe that genie can be put back in the bottle. Someone bent on killing others in this manner has already conceded that he (or she) will probably die as a result of their actions, does anyone honestly believe that such a demented soul will be affected by a new gun law ? Really ???

      • Schools are easy targets, because they’re gun-free zones. I think it’s by design; to get more and more ppl emotionally charged so that they outlaw certain guns for starters.

  10. In election years many candidates for elected office seize on the latest issue promoted by their political party to win office. Sound public policy or responsible government is cast aside.

    Did Senator Becca Balant call for more laws when a violent criminal intentionally used a vehicle to mow down and kill helpless children and adults at the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade?
    Did she raise any public comments on the vicious slaughter of these innocent Christmas parade victims? Did these victims not have a right to their lives or not be maimed on public streets?

    Did she question the Wisconsin prosecutor’s bail policies that resulted in his release from custody just days before his murderous attack on the parade, charged with running down a family member
    with the same vehicle?

    In her campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives has Becca Blalint challenged the Biden administration over its failure of enforcement of our border laws to achieve
    illegal drug interdiction given the vast increase in illegal heroin, cocaine and opioids pouring over our southern border? In 2021 the USA had a record of over 107,000
    drug overdose death. Will the surge in illegal Fentanyl flooding over our southern lead her to raise this issue, or do these deaths not count?

    It seems her comments in the article just election year campaign politics being used by Becca Balint in her quest for federal office?

  11. Just as every other liberal elitist is bemoaning “gun control” instead of the real issue, balint must jump on the liberal train. A beto o’rourke for Vermont’s libs to “ooh and ahh” at.
    Should a tragedy like what happened in Ulvalde TX, or Newtown CT happen in Vermont, a direct line can be drawn to the antics of Vermont’s legislature and the lack of any effort to stem the real reasons for these types of crimes. Yes, ms. balint. You are complicit in the lack of mental health access and services in this state. You are responsible and need to be accountable, as required by the Vermont constitution to enact laws that serve all Vermont residents, not just the elitist liberal that fawns over you.

  12. When Government stops being violent, then the people will follow. The left has been violent in its words, its mandates, its hate, its permission for riot, and its falsification of science, falsification of events ( hunter Biden laptop , etc) and it’s deliberate attempts to incite hatred between parties and between people of different ethnics. It has waged economic violence and medical violence, It has occurred election violence 2000 mules finally proves without question. The right is also violent, both allowing unvetted men of fighting age into our country while sending 40 billion to a country wherein the special interests of the US create bioweapons, to a country whose leader has made dissent illegal. When government has given up all its violence, its spying its taxation on the regular person, its for profit corporate structure and denied its lobbyists and returned the future to the will of the people, then and only then, shall it be wise for the people to disarm themselves. For now, arming up is keeping the militarized deep state from all out tyranny. The cabal that initiates war for profit. Becca how absurd. It is violent to demand electric cars and their burden on the earth, when hydrogen ( see Lazar on YouTube) is developed for safe and general use, only surpassed in a violent attempt to refuse economic and pollution freedom to the people.

  13. This woman should not be allowed in congress. Haven’t we seen enough of her right here trying to destroy our constitution. If she is so concerned with killing how does she support abortion. Do not send this woman to Washington. The politicians there don’t need any help in wrecking America. November 8, 2022 can’t come soon enough. One big red wave is going to make these Vermont progressives as important as what you had for dinner last night.

  14. “We must take every legal measure available to us to stop the murder of our children.”

    Yes, a hearty amen to that, Senator Balint. That includes murdering them in the womb

    • Balint can’t accept that for most law-abiding people who are gun owners, there is a very small chance that their firearm will ever be used to harm someone in a legally unjustified manner, whereas EVERY successful abortion results in the death of a human being…

  15. To Ms Balint, and all of the other progressive liberals that litter the halls of the State House in Montpelier and municipalities around the state. There is already an all-encompassing federal law concerning guns. It’s called the Second Amendment, and basically tells the government to butt out and to not infringe on the PEOPLE’S RIGHT to keep and bear arms.
    The Second Amendment is easy to find in the United States Constitution, Ms Balint. It follows the First Amendment, that allows me to tell you that I think your tenure as a senator from Windham county has been detrimental to the state, and that Vermonters deserve much better representation than you have previously shown or offer for the future. No way are you qualified to become a Representative from the State of Vermont in Washington, DC.

  16. ALL GUN CONTROL UNDER THE U.S. CONSTITUTION IS ILLEGAL! Government does not give us our rights. Our rights are not given to us by the Constitution. Our rights are given to us by God and are inherent to us as human beings and by the Laws of Nature. These rights that we are born with are affirmed to us by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments of the Constitution and specify what the government can and cannot do to us as citizens of the United States. Government’s only power is the power which is enumerated to it by the Constitution. The federal government, a state, county or town cannot pass a law contrary to the Constitution. Article 6 the Supremacy Clause makes the Constitution the supreme law of the land. Under our Constitution the government is not delegated the authority to legislate, enforce, or adjudicate laws pertaining to the exercise of our rights under the Constitution – Period. The government is not delegated the authority by our Constitution to require the government’s permission to exercise any right affirmed to us under the Constitution. The government is not delegated the authority by our Constitution to compel us to waive our guaranteed 4th Amendment right to be secure from unwarranted interrogation, search, or seizure in the absence of probable cause of criminal conduct. Or compel us to waive our guaranteed 5th Amendment right to due process as a precondition to being allowed (or denied) the exercise of our right to keep and bear arms. This violation of our 4th and 5th Amendment rights happens every time that we are interrogated under penalty of perjury without probable cause that a crime has been committed when we fill out B.A.T.F.E form 4473 to purchase a firearm. The government is not delegated the authority by our Constitution to compel us to waive our 10th Amendment right to a federal government exercising only those powers delegated to it by the United States Constitution, and State governments are prohibited the exercise of any power prohibited to the States by the United States Constitution.
    The government is not delegated the authority under the 14th Amendment to make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States. Government is not delegated by our Constitution the authority to license firearm dealers or operate or fund the most powerful anti-rights government agency on the planet called the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Since no Amendment in the Bill of Rights has been repealed thru Article V or by a National Convention of States, the only legal way to change the Constitution, all existing gun control laws presently violate five Amendments of the Bill of Rights and goes against the settled law of two Supreme Court decisions, Heller vs the District of Columbia 2008 and McDonald vs Chicago 2010. Both decisions affirm that the people’s right to keep and bear arms is an individual right and that citizens are allowed firearms in common use, those small arms or those that operate like them and are issued to our National Guard which comprises of citizen soldiers.

    The purpose of compelled background checks as a precondition to allowing or denying the transfer of a firearm is to deceive firearm owners and prospective owners into unknowingly waiving their rights guaranteed by the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 10th and 14th Amendments so they will have no rights left to claim when the government decides to register and confiscate our firearms. We have a right to keep and bear arms, not a privilege to keep and bear arms. Our rights are beyond the reach of the government and no citizen has to ask government permission to exercise a right. Government has no authority delegated to it by the Constitution to deceive its citizens into waiving their rights or acquiescing to the loss of their rights by subterfuge, scam, fraud, or force. DO NOT VOLUNTARILY GIVE UP YOUR RIGHTS !

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