BURLINGTON—Governor Peter Shumlin recently noted in a press statement that he does not share his Democratic colleagues opinion that Vermont is in need of new, more restrictive gun laws. And while his opinion may be shared by a majority of Vermonters, it certainly is not an opinion shared with many of Shumlin’s Democratic Party constituent.
In recent weeks, Shumlin has incurred the ire of many in Burlington. In an opinion letter to the Burlington Free Press, Melissa Weinstein, an activist with Gun Sense, referred to the Governor’s position as “insulting” and says she’s “equal parts outraged and mystified.”
Anger from Burlington’s liberal activists over the gun issue comes only weeks after Shumlin’s inauguration was disrupted by demonstrators from the Vermont Workers’ Center over failure to fund legislation enacted to create a single-payer healthcare system in the state.