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Why Do Democrats Hate American Manufacturers?

By Michelle Malkin · Feb. 22, 2013

Here's the latest example of head-splitting cognitive dissonance in Washington: President Obama used his State of the Union address to crusade for a revitalized U.S. manufacturing sector. But while he pays lip service to supporting businesses that build their products on American soil, Obama and his left-wing operatives are hell-bent on driving a key sector of the U.S. manufacturing industry six feet under: the American firearms and ammunition industry.

The White House is pushing new government spending to “spur economic growth,” protect manufacturing plants and “create good-paying jobs” to help America's middle class. Yet across the country, with aggressive lobbying by the White House itself, Democrats are working to destroy tens of thousands of good-paying jobs and the firms that created them. Assault rhetoric has lasting real-world consequences.

In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo imposed radical, ineffectual gun-grabbing measures that are backfiring in more ways than one. Nearly half a dozen gun companies have now announced that they will no longer sell their products to police in the Empire State. In protest of Cuomo's gun-control regime banning citizens from owning semi-automatic rifles or shotguns because of cosmetic features deemed “military-style,” Washington-based Olympic Arms “will no longer be doing business with the State of New York or any governmental entity or employee of such governmental entity within the State of New York.”

According to USA Today, other companies including “LaRue Tactical, York Arms, Templar Custom and EFI, as well as sporting-goods retailer Cheaper Than Dirt” have also joined the sales boycott of New York.

Worse news for New York citizens: At least one local manufacturer, the storied Remington Arms Company founded in Ilion, N.Y., in 1816, is in dire financial danger as a result of Cuomo's draconian regulations. The company's innovations in weaponry and ammunition have been used in sporting, self-defense, law enforcement and warfare for two centuries.

Now, as a result of hysteria-induced government pandering, nearly 40 percent of Remington's weapons can no longer be sold to citizens legally. Its small-town plant employs more than 1,300 people in a town of 8,000 and generates revenue of an estimated $400 million from sales in the U.S. and 55 other countries. As an Ilion local official noted, “Remington is not only a major employer, but it's a historic employer. It's been part of our very fiber for 200 years.”

And so it is with the rest of the industry. Despite tough economic times, firearms and ammunition companies have created nearly 27,000 well-paying jobs over the past two years alone, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Businesses in the United States that manufacture, distribute and sell firearms, ammunition and hunting equipment employ nearly 100,000 people in the U.S. and generate an additional 110,000-plus jobs in supplier and ancillary industries.

“These are good jobs, paying an average of $46,858 in wages and benefits,” the NSSF reports. In addition, “the firearms and ammunition industry was responsible for as much as $31.84 billion in total economic activity in the country … (and) the industry and its employees pay over $2.07 billion in taxes including property, income and sales based levies.”

In my adopted home state of Colorado, where unemployment hovers near 8 percent, nearly a dozen businesses are being forced to consider leaving their home state because of extremist gun-control proposals. Vice President Joe Biden himself leaned on Democratic lawmakers to support an arbitrary 15-round limit on ammunition magazines. So, what have Sheriff Joe and his gun-grabbing pals wrought? Denver-based ammo magazine manufacturer Magpul served notice that it will take its 400 full-time employees and subcontractors somewhere else. Magpul generates some $85 million in spending in the state.

As the Denver Post reported, the privately held company makes an array of consumer products in addition to sales to the military, law enforcement and gun owners. And because Magpul has made a conscientious effort to support other Colorado companies, the ripple effect could reach far beyond the gun industry – including several cutting-edge innovators in the plastics-injection-molding business. One of Magpul's most important contractors, Denver-based Alfred Manufacturing Co., employs 150 residents. It, too, will “relocate part or all of our operations out of state” if Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper enacts the stringent gun-control regime pushed by Biden and company. The company has already put expansion plans on hold.

Smart lawmakers from Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona and South Carolina are now courting Remington away from New York and Magpul away from Colorado. For now, these states can offer business-friendly, Second Amendment-defending climates that support a demonized industry. But how much longer will it be until Obama and the pro-jobs hypocrites on Capitol Hill find new, more nefarious ways to obstruct this innovation-driving, wealth-producing sector of the American economy? Make no mistake: Gun-control demagoguery is a lethal weapon.



HP in Kalispell, MT said:

If gun owners allow this to happen, shame on them. There was a reason for the second amendment, use it!

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:46 AM


I agree HP - time to replace the idiots in office making the stupid decisions!

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

HardThought in Kansas said:

Socilaist/Progressive/Libera/Democrat/Fascists (SPLDF) do not like guns because they are scary, so the people that make them are scary, too.

So the state economy takes big hits as the firearms industries move away, but that's alright! All of those green energy jobs will be created any day now and replace those mean dollars made from self protection industries.

Next step is start manufacturing fairy dust and moon beam projectors, that'll fix the economy.......
(Return to sarcasm off mode)

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 1:46 AM

rab in jo,mo said:

Michelle neglected to mention Ronnie Barrett, one of the pioneers in boycotting liberal idiots. Kudos to Magpul for making the decision to relocate to Nevada - though it's probably not going to help lead times on their magazines. Remington already has an ammo plant in Arkansas, wouldn't be too difficult to relocate their gun manufacturing operation to that campus.

Perhaps as more manufacturers follow this lead the idiot liberals will find their revenue streams drying up as a consequence of their stupidity.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY said:

I see many companies now relocating to the south and southwest. When the eventual implosion of liberal states occur and it will occur make no mistake. There will be much civil disorder, in particular major liberal enclaves known as big cities. The Feds will send in their black-shirted thugs. However, I look to that time also with just a glimmer of hope. Those southern, and southwestern states, will THEN seek secession and form a newer, stronger USA.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Dick Belmont in Fergus Falls, MN said:

It greatly saddens me to say that MN is trying to pass legislation on guns that mirrors Colorado. But I guess it's not surprising when you consider we elected idiots like Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken to the Senate. Revolution II is needed.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:25 AM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

Thanks to firm resistance by the Republican minority, with very vocal support from the citizens, the legislature has realized that the assault weapons ban and magazine limits are political suicide. However, they still want the huge annual tax and registration/inspection requirements and transfer bans. If passed, these will almost certainly go to federal court. If the judge is any good, his opinion will state in summary, "These statutes are clearly intended to impose a heavy burden on gun ownership, a burden incompatible with the rights described in the Second and Fourth Amendments and therefore unconstitutional. What part of 'shall not be infringed' did you not understand? Do you not comprehend the unreasonableness of demanding entry to private homes for inspection of private property when there is no probable cause to believe a law is being violated? The Court finds for the plaintiff." Meanwhile, Minnesota taxpayers will have been forced to waste a ton of money defending an indefensible statute.

The Republican minority introduced a resolution calling upon Congress and the President to respect the Second Amendment rights of the citizenry. Yesterday, the Democrat majority in the Senate voted down the motion to bring it out of committee and schedule it for a floor vote.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. replied:

Hey, Dick, didn't anyone in Minnesota remember Franken from "Laugh-In" doing his "This is Al,....Al Franken" routine? (I guess maybe not.....that was a long time ago.) Why, though, did the citizens of Minnesota allow him into office through voter fraud? (but then, again rhetorically, why was Obummer allowed the dead and/or fraudulent votes that put him back in office? Oh well,..........never mind. (Gilda Radner??)

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

Well, Michelle, at least in our "free market economy", Obama and the libs pulling the strings in various State legislatures are serving their purpose of "spreading the wealth around". Hilariously, it's only costing them & those who elected them the loss of revenues that will wind up fattening up the economies of wherever the firearms industries are welcomed with open arms.....As Martha Stewart would say: "It's a Good Thing"!!

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM

PastorDanRN in Vermont said:

I agree that the gun control demagoguery is lethal. I also think it is the worst kind of assault weapon, destroying constitutional rights our founding fathers died to give us for perpetuity.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM

ArmyofOne in MN said:

Assault (offensive) Weapons: (Jets, drones, missiles, tanks, arrows, spears, guns, knives, bats, bricks, tire irons, scissors, scalpels, etc)... high power, or low power, are weapons used by criminals: i.e. individuals, gangs, tyrants, government, etc to commit illegal, un-constitutional, or immoral activities.

Defense (defensive) Weapons: The same weapons as above, but are used by law abiding patriots, to defend against the above criminals! (i.e. individuals, gangs, tyrants, government, etc)

(This should be the way we define the terms so we're all on the same page.)

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM