Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"The Magpul Amendment": Forcible Cronyism?

Colorado-based Magpul, a manufacturer of firearm accessories (such as high-capacity magazines), has made some waves by publicly declaring they will leave the state if Governor John Hickenlooper signs the gun-control bill pushed through by Democrats in the legislature.

Sure looks like he will:

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign legislation Wednesday that sets limits on ammunition magazines and expands background checks for firearms, marking a Democratic victory in a state where gun ownership is a treasured right...

The measures proposed are some of the strictest gun laws in the nation...

So by-bye Magpul, and hundreds of good manufacturing jobs.  Which will likely have more of an immediate impact on the community than any of the Democrat's half-baked gun control edicts.

Here's the panic:

Democrats tried to ease the concerns from Magpul Industries, saying the company can still manufacture higher-capacity magazines if they were sold out of state.

It's not the blatant hypocrisy that bothers me -  if you really believe high-capacity magazines are killing people, you shouldn't want them sold anywhere.  But that's just liberal SOP.

It's the concept being pushed by Colorado Democrats that the government can take it upon itself to determine what a company may manufacture, and whom they may sell it to (and for how long), that I find deeply troubling.   Especially when the commerce is within America, and is constitutionally protected (for the moment).

How can a company continue to invest, hire and grow when any business plan they make is subject to the  whims of politicians?  Politicians who will no doubt threaten to snuff out your expansion, your new product lines, and your livelihood unless you make the right contributions to the right people?

To the Democrats, the only good capitalist is a crony capitalist.  Good for Magpul for giving the Colorado Left a big "f*ck you", and packing up and leaving town.  Someone tell the unemployed they can thank the swells up in Vail and Boulder for their new status as leeches on the public tit.

Maybe they'll run 'em out of town, old-school.

Maybe that's what the Democrats are worried about, and why they are are so hastily trying to disarm the populace...

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