Yesterday was Town Meeting Day in Vermont. Along with the debates over school budgets and tax rates, some two-dozen towns tackled oil companies and the global issue of climate change. Twenty-eight towns have gone on record opposing the shipment of tar sands oil across Vermont. Activists argue that extracting the oil poses an unacceptable risk for the planet. Organizers hope the non-binding resolutions will send a message to Montpelier and Washington. Gun control was up for debate at town meetings in seven Upper Valley communities. Voters were asked whether they want to urge state and federal lawmakers to ban assault weapons, require background checks for all guns sold in America, and make gun trafficking a crime.