‘Traitorous’ Gov. Phil Scott Catches Hell While Signing Vermont Gun Control Bills

Republican Gov. Phil Scott got an ear full Wednesday. Deservedly so. (Photo: Burlington Free Press)

The only thing worse than an anti-gun politician is an anti-gun politician who runs as a pro-gun politician only to show his true colors after he’s been elected.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Republican Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont. As a candidate for governor, Scott convinced the good people of The Green Mountain State that he was a strong 2A supporter. But as it turns out, that was just for show, just to get elected.

Phil’s real feelings on one’s right to keep and bear arms were on display Wednesday when he signed into law measures, part of d S.55, that take a big, fat bite out of the Second Amendment.

Henceforth, private transfers will be unlawful, the purchase age for guns will be 21 (for most residents), bump stocks will be outlawed, certain magazines will be banned (10-plus round mags for long guns, 15-plus round mags for handguns) and police will have an easier time confiscating firearms from people thought to be a danger to themselves or others.

“I understand I may lose support over the decision to sign these bills today, but those are consequences I am prepared to live with,” Scott said at the signing, according to the Burlington Free Press.

“But if we had not even tried to reduce the possibility of a tragedy here in Vermont like Parkland or Virginia Tech, Aurora, Las Vegas, Orlando, Sandy Hook, Dallas or Charleston,” Scott went on, “if we didn’t try to reduce suicide and the pain felt by the families left behind, or if we didn’t try to prevent another death from domestic violence and another child growing up without a mom — that would be hard to live with.”

SEE ALSO: Vermont Bans Mags & Bump Stocks, Criminalizes Private Transfers, Raises Purchase Age

“That’s why today we choose action over inaction, doing something over doing nothing, knowing there will always be more work to do,” Scott said. “But today, we choose to try.”

The pro-gunners in attendance did not let the first-term governor off easy.  Through his speech, he was continuously heckled.  Shouts of “traitor,” and “liar” were common.

Gun-rights activist Mike Channon. (Photo: Burlington Free Press)

Was walking around with a knife in his back to illustrate the obvious.  Gov. Scott stabbed his pro-gun constituents right in the back by signing S.55 (Photo: Burlington Free Press)

Scott said back in February that he “evolved” on the issue, noting that after Parkland, “Where I was a week or two ago has changed completely.”

The question is why the sudden, radical shift?  Crazed idiots have shot up schools and other gun-free zones in the past (It’s why we need to harden them with good guys with guns, ones won’t run and hide when there is an attack).  What was that different about Parkland?  I mean, aside from the fact that the authorities — local police and the feds — had overwhelming evidence that the kid was coo-coo and did absolutely nothing about it.

During his speech, Scott touched on why he “evolved.”

“I thought, as the safest state in the nation, Vermont was immune to this type of violence. As I’ve said many times throughout my political life, public safety is the top priority of any government,” Scott. “It’s a responsibility I take very seriously as governor.”

Right.  Because the safety of the public is maximized when the government subarms or disarms it.  People are more safe when they are less free to defend themselves.  Leave it up to Big Brother to keep you safe.  After all, it did such a good job stopping the Parkland shooter…

Let Gov. Scott serve as yet another reminder: Trust no politician when it comes to your Constitutional rights.  Power corrupts.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Owen January 17, 2020, 6:35 pm

    Well Vermont citizens get out and petition for a “recall of this lying politician”. In fact all that aren’t holding up to the oath of office.

  • Scott April 20, 2018, 11:12 am

    Can anyone find a young David Hogg pro-gun spokes person? That is what is needed to bring young pro-gun movement. The young are getting the ears of the country. Not a bunch of old men. Need a good counter to David Hogg and associates.

    • JR Hutto June 8, 2018, 9:30 am

      Good idea, but Hogg and friends are merely string puppets of them liberal gun grabbing media and are given airtime because it furthers their gun grabbing agenda.
      We already have a couple of pro gun kids from parkland working for us , but they just won’t be afforded the lavish air time the Hoggs of this world are.

  • Scott April 20, 2018, 11:10 am

    What is wrong with this protest, is the image of it. Students have been saying old white men that need guns. There needs to be a voice from the young people standing there for 2nd Amendment. There needs to be a young pro-gun movement. After all most the laws passed today will be what the young have to deal with. It does little good for old white men to be standing out there.

    There needs to be pro-gun Hispanics, Blacks, Oriental and etc. protesting. Else there is no win here.

    By the way. I am a 67 year old white man.

  • PaulWVa April 15, 2018, 7:39 pm

    Wait … What??….you mean a politician turned out to be lying, turncoat s.o.b. ??? I’m shocked! ….who knew?

  • Andrew April 14, 2018, 10:45 pm

    What is it with these politicians that they aren’t able to comprehend the oath that they take to uphold & defend the Constitution? Which part of “shall not be infringed” don’t they understand. Which part of working for us do they not understand. So tired of politicians that are trying to turn us into a socialist 3rd world shit hole. Tipping point is drawing near fast.

  • Donald Comfort April 14, 2018, 2:23 pm

    So what measures in the Bill in this bill will prevent anything other than trashing Vermont Citizens Rights ?

  • Michael Keim April 14, 2018, 8:56 am

    Politician=Lying asshole

  • Richard Hilton April 14, 2018, 8:02 am

    Well boys and girls you better get used to the two faced politician because it is and always has existed nothing new about them they tell you what you want hear too get what they want which is power and they will do whatever it takes to keep it. And it’s getting worse everyday the billionaires control the mass media and universities and brain wash the young people by hiding the realities of what they are doing. This is going to be the biggest socialist country ever owned and controlled by them and our young people are to blind or foolish to see it. When the bottom falls out they will have us disarmed and unable to do anything about it

  • oldmtnman54 April 13, 2018, 11:59 pm

    Here are two laws, already in the books to use against these traitors. 18 U.S. Code. 241 – Conspiracy against rights and 18 U.S. Code 242 – Deprivation of rights under color of law. Might be best to find an honest and constitutional sherriff to serve papers and arrest these liars and back stabbers. The least fine is one year in prison up to the death sentence. Charge just a couple of these traitors and others might get the message.

    • Marcus Aurelius April 17, 2018, 10:11 am

      Hanging anyone who violates the Constitution would seem a better remedy. After all, hanging IS the lawful penalty for treason under the law they SWORE to defend.

  • Phil April 13, 2018, 9:14 pm

    RINO! in action.
    Are you able to get a ballot initiative for a vote on overturning the bill?

  • Benja April 13, 2018, 6:59 pm

    Gov. Scott said it himself: Vermont has been the “safest state in the nation” – even with all of their “high capacity” magazines, bumpstocks, and AR15s. Obviously a pro 2A State would be the safest. NO STATE (or person for that matter) is immune to this type of violence. ANY violence.
    Good luck on STAYING the “safest state in the nation” if you disarm your law-abiding citizens Vermont…

  • CJ April 13, 2018, 6:12 pm

    All he did was sign what THE LEGISLATURE PASSED. Yeah, dump him asap, but what are you going to do about the antis YOU have elected that came up with the law? PEOPLE GET THE GOVERNMENT THEY HAVE ELECTED. I’m tired of hearing about how the NE US is made up of “good” people. Why do you keep electing authoritarians and big government politicians? He should have never had the opportunity to sign the bill. It should have never passed your legislature.

  • Doug White April 13, 2018, 5:40 pm


  • Brian April 13, 2018, 1:12 pm

    I hope the good citizens of Vermont either recall this SOB or vote him out in the next election. He has become a Benedict Arnold and has gone over to the enemy and now is a thug supporter. If Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys of 1775 were alive today I have no doubt that they would hang this traitor!

  • Eiknar R. Petersen April 13, 2018, 12:49 pm

    The CURE is Simple… Recall the Bastard!

  • Garry Wehr April 13, 2018, 12:46 pm

    Just another lieing sack of dog dung.

    He’s evolved into a liar who cannot be trusted to keep his word.
    How do you impeach a governor ?

    • Steve April 13, 2018, 9:58 pm

      With a force to physically pull him out of office, a horse, a length of rope, and a good sturdy tree.

  • Jeff April 13, 2018, 12:38 pm

    A country cannot be conquered when the populace is fully armed. As it stands right now, we have the largest group of armed people in the world. It’s part of the reason we’re still free, for values of freedom. The only way this can change is to disarm us, one step at a time. People need to stop looking at this issue as a short term problem. There are indications that this is a long term plan. There will be small victories but there will also be large defeats. The solution isn’t jump on your sword, make threats, whatever. We need to make a long term plan that can counter any plan to disarm the US.
    There needs to be an end to the bickering and infighting. The freedom of our country and our way of life is at stake. You know for darn sure there isn’t any on the opposition’s side.

  • Gourdhead April 13, 2018, 10:39 am

    Make sure the POS is not re-elected.

    • Billy Bad Ass April 13, 2018, 12:59 pm

      Wonder if he has a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account. He should definitely be blasted for not keeping his word on a matter like this.

  • Pat J April 13, 2018, 10:38 am

    As I get older and older, and see the golden age with its assisted living, nursing homes, bankrupting medicine, sickness, sickness, and sickness, I understand less the compulsion to prevent access to suicide. In all my buddies’ cases, it was a reasonable choice.

    • Lee Blackman April 13, 2018, 12:50 pm

      Personally I think ones right to terminate their own life is equal to their right to protect it. I’ve witnesses more than one family member or friend of family member suffer both long and short term before their death. Instead of depending on a medical bureaucracy and the “well what if they recover, because once in a million times the person recovers and just imagine” BS, if you decide its time to cash out, then you darn sure should be able to do so, by your own hands, your own means, in the most humane, simple, and painless means.

      • Warsaw Wizard April 16, 2018, 4:30 am

        Lee, I’m not an advocate of terminating, or prolonging, a life where someone is suffering. It’s against God’s will but, freedom is freedom and that decision to terminate or not terminate should be the right of the person and not a bunch of politicians. I can’t understand why our government feels that suicide is so wrong but, they allow for the killing of the unborn. Isn’t that hypocritical?

  • Bobo April 13, 2018, 10:37 am

    The character of Vermont has changed over the past several decades. Many people from NY, NJ have moved there and the basic character has changed. The governor is a political animal and is following the votes.

  • Buddy April 13, 2018, 10:12 am

    You do not try and stop crime by taking away the right to defend yourself from crime for law abidding citizens. What is a gun without someone pulling the trigger? You are taking away the responsible party by blaming the gun.

    You took an oath of office to protect the Constitution. “Shall not be infringed” is not an option in the law. You are violating your oath of office and that is a federal crime.

    Anyone can place a citizens arrest on these aholes. Do it! Come on people! You are allowing criminals to write your laws and pass them!

  • MadDog Mike April 13, 2018, 10:06 am

    It’s time to just “say no”. No to abiding by these unconstitutional bannings, no to letting these liberals, one world order socialists do the things they’re doing. Liberal mayors and Governor’s completely disregard the law with respect to these sanctuary cities and there’s no consequences. It’s time we stood up to them, what are they gonna do?!?!

  • Michael April 13, 2018, 9:59 am

    The only way to ensure these type of anti-Constitutional individuals don’t stay around is to work hard to vote them out at the first sign of flexing on anything related to the Constitution. Once these leaches gain office, it makes it touch to get rid of them but “We the People” must work doubly hard to remove them. Until politicians serve because they truly want to represent their neighbors and community, we will have to fight these type of slime balls. Reduce legislator salaries, eliminate retirement and medical benefits (who ever thought that being a “politician” (aka as hucksters, used car salesmen (and sales women to be politically correct), attorneys et al, was a real job, and vote in real term limits. Enact legislation that prohibits any elected official or their staff from working as a lobbyist for at least ten years after they have left office. Until we eliminate the financial advantages to being an elected official, we will continue to have to deal with these flip-flop, lying bastards.

  • joefoam April 13, 2018, 9:43 am

    A politician lied to get elected, say it isn’t so. Vote him out, maybe others running will get the message. In FL the fine governor, a supposed 2A supporter, thumbed his nose at his base and the NRA and signed a knee jerk reactionary law into place. He bowed to high school kids driven by the media to garner favor and pander for votes. Since he cannot be re-elected governor he is running for US senator. FL voters, try and remember this when the election comes around in the fall.

  • John Poland April 13, 2018, 9:33 am

    The 2nd Amendment is a ‘RIGHT’. As such it was endowed to us by our CREATOR and NOT Government . Indeed Government has NO Power to degrade ANY RIGHT .It is prominent in its placement of LISTED Rights in the ‘Bill of Rights’. Any Politician or SCOTUS Justice that allows ANY Interference of it’s plainly stated message of NON INFRINGEMENT should be put on trial for ‘Sedition’. All Politicians and members of the Military swear an OATH to Protect and UPHOLD the Constitution. If So these people who degrade it are ‘Guilty’ and their Trial will be for the Punishment phase ONLY, as any Legislation or decree these people have made attempting to degrade the Constitution IS their WRITTEN CONFESSION .

  • MW April 13, 2018, 9:32 am


    Send the governor your thoughts on signing the gun control legislation.

  • GuidoFL April 13, 2018, 9:22 am

    This movement to ban firearms, mags, and ammo is just getting started. The pawns of the power brokers are just doing their masters bidding. instead of one huge bite out of the second amendment it’s instead many small bites everywhere. this will continue until the people rise up and ……………………………………………

  • Mark April 13, 2018, 8:59 am

    Well, you share a border to crazy liberal states. They are like locus….this was only a matter of time. NH is next. This is only the begining….

  • D W April 13, 2018, 7:42 am

    I would say that any and all politicians who do not follow the constitution and INFRINGE on our rights should automatically forfeit there right to be in office and the ability to run again. You don’t hold up your oath to protect the constitution you get removed from your office period. The next thing this country needs is term limits on all politicians both at the federal and state level. Being a politician shouldn’t be a career. The people of this country need to stop re-electing these fools who have been in office forever.

  • Steve April 13, 2018, 7:09 am

    Vote this traitor out at the first opportunity. Zero respect for a politition that lies to his/her constituents. We’re watching our freedom melt before our eyes. Where it stops is a scary thing.

  • Steve April 13, 2018, 7:08 am

    Vote this D.B. out at the first opportunity. Zero respect for a politition that lies to his/her constituents.

  • Billy M April 13, 2018, 6:38 am

    ‘..And there is still more work to be done”. Really! What next? Ban all semi – auto weapons? Wait.. I know. He can ban the automatic semi-auto weapons. And doing nothing is always better than doing the wrong thing! Hopet he the people in Vermont realize this man cannot be trusted and his ‘promises’ and his ‘word’ and useless.

    • Mark K April 13, 2018, 8:11 am

      You bet there’s more work to be done. Step One was apparently this guy’s signing this legislation. Step Two is for liberty-loving citizens of Vermont to vote this tyrant — and every legislator that voted for the bill he signed — out of office at the next opportunity. And THAT effort must start NOW. Who is going to run? What do they stand for? This can’t be decided 30 or 60 days before an election. Vermonters — get on this problem NOW. Stop sending money to your state political parties. Start looking for people to run who aren’t part of the political class. That’s the only way that the swamps in Washington and our various state capitals will ever be drained.

  • Sepp W April 13, 2018, 4:47 am

    Instead of addressing the real problem, let’s go after the tools and instruments, inanimate objects, instead. This will bring us one step closer to the dystopia liberals, progressive democrats, demicans long for.

    Goodbye rights and freedoms, goodbye America.

  • Jack Black April 13, 2018, 4:25 am

    The people should be able to impeach and remove the politicians who completely reverse their running platform!

  • Culper April 13, 2018, 2:55 am

    Revolution is coming, but not the way that Boss Hogg and the Broward Cowards envision it. The fire of liberty will always outburn the fire of tyrants.

  • WyoLyo April 12, 2018, 10:09 pm

    Impeach or recall him. He lied to get elected.

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