“As governor of Massachusetts, William Weld supported various gun control schemes, including a ban on semi-automatic firearms,” the NRA confirmed. “Unfortunately, and despite being the Libertarian candidate for vice president, Weld continues his anti-gun ways.”
Weld recently confirmed his anti-gun stance – and his ignorance on guns in general.
“The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon,” Weld said during a Revolt.tv interview in August. “And those are independent criminal offenses.”
“That’s when they become essentially a weapon of mass destruction.”
He also attacked AR-15 owners, the NRA revealed.
“Weld went on to suggest to the interviewer that both handguns and AR-15s are a ‘problem,’ stating, ‘The problem with handguns is probably even worse than the problem of the AR-15,’” the NRA added. “This latest episode reveals that when pressed on firearms issues, despite any assurances he has given to voters, Weld’s political instincts are to abandon gun owners and embrace gun control.”
Weld’s partner on the LP ticket, Gary Johnson, also holds numerous anti-libertarian views, including support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“I’m a real skeptic when it comes to these trade agreements, that in fact they can be laden with crony capitalism, but based on people that have been advising me that I hold in very high esteem, I’m being told that the TPP would in fact advance free trade and so I would support that document,” Johnson said.
The TPP, however, allows countries that rely on slave labor to continue the practice; in fact, President Obama even removed an anti-slavery provision from the TPP which prevented Malaysia from joining the agreement.
“The provision, which bars countries that engage in slavery from being part of major trade deals with the U.S., was written by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.),” the Huffington Post reported in 2015. “At the insistence of the White House, Menendez agreed to modify his language to say that as long as a country is taking ‘concrete’ steps toward reducing human trafficking and forced labor, it can be part of a trade deal.”
Malaysia is a major hub for human trafficking in Southeast Asia, with enslaved men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking, according to the State Dept.
Thailand, which the Obama administrated invited to join the TPP, also relies on slave labor to prop up its economy, according to the AP.
“For… 16 hours, No. 31 and his wife stood in the factory that owned them with their aching hands in ice water,” the AP reported. “They ripped the guts, heads, tails and shells off shrimp bound for overseas markets, including grocery stores and all-you-can-eat buffets across the United States.”
“After being sold to the Gig Peeling Factory, they were at the mercy of their Thai bosses, trapped with nearly 100 other Burmese migrants.”
How is slavery – and gun control – remotely libertarian? And, with the Johnson/Weld ticket, how is the Libertarian Party even remotely libertarian?