State labor group backs gun rights to counter rise in domestic extremism

State labor group backs gun rights to counter rise in domestic extremism

Vermont AFL-CIO’s vice president for federal workers, Tristin Adie, speaks on Sunday, Sept. 19, during the state labor group’s two-day annual convention at Jay Peak Resort. Photo courtesy of Vermont AFL-CIO A labor group representing thousands of Vermont workers has declared its support for gun rights, saying they need to defend themselves and vulnerable communities from violent extremists and to uphold democracy. The Vermont AFL-CIO publicized its support for gun rights — and opposition to what it described as the rise of fascism that threatens democracy in the U.S. — in a resolution that group leaders passed Sunday. Vermont AFL-CIO President David Van Deusen cited the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, the passage of voter suppression laws in some states and the rise of right-wing extremism as factors in the state labor group’s decision to officially back gun rights. “We all know that the dangerous, violent, extreme right is armed to the teeth, and there is no law that can be passed on the state or federal level that would reverse that fact,” Van Deusen said Tuesday. And if militant groups become a threat in Vermont, he said, union members and their allies will be prepared to “take reasonable measures” to ensure people are kept safe. People of color, immigrants, the working class and low-income communities are most at risk of attacks by fascists, white supremacists and individual extremists, according to the two-page resolution. This policy means that the Vermont AFL-CIO, which has a lobbying arm in […]

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