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Michelle Malkin: Obama, Democrats Launch Assault on U.S. Firearms Jobs

By Michelle Malkin | @michellemalkin |

Here’s the latest example of head-splitting cognitive dissonance in Washington: President Barack 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 a half-dozen gun companies have now announced 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 Co. 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 United States 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 United States 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 Arizona, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas 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.

Michelle Malkin is author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies. Contact her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), follow her on Twitter: @michellemalkin, or click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are her own.

» on 02.25.13 @ 01:47 PM

Sad state of affairs. Government killing busnesses right and left, then claiming it’s not. Thank God for some states and peoples that have their head together and understand, welcoming the busnesses to their state so they will prosper.

Good for the manufactures NOT wanting to do busness with the idiot states, maybe (but I don’t think it will) make a difference if the lawmakers mind and they will change the illegal laws they have created.

» on 02.25.13 @ 03:23 PM

Give a psychpath a pistol and he can kill his own family; give him an assault weapon with a large magazine, and he can kill yours…..

» on 02.25.13 @ 03:25 PM

East European gun manufacturers make profits off of assault weapons with which Americans kill each other; they make money, and we lose children, and the NRA applauds free enterprise…..

» on 02.25.13 @ 06:01 PM

The whole gun debate is completely insane. How did we become a society that ‘loves our guns’ even when they kill our children? How did the NRA become a ‘sacred group’ that you are unamerican if you speak negatively about who they are and the damage they do to our society in the name of the 2nd Amendment. I doubt seriously if our founding fathers really thought it would be ok to travel the road we have traveled down. We should be ashamed of ourselves collectively as a society!

» on 02.25.13 @ 06:08 PM

Now we get down to the core of Malkin’s subtle genius.

America loses more lives to gunshot wounds each year than we do to war, traffic
accidents, and communicable diseases ... combined.

But rather than trying to make our nation even minutely safer, Malkin is worried
about the economic impact of all those “lost jobs” that might happen if gunshows that sell weapons to Mexican drug gangs, paroled criminals, and angry psychos, if they had to fill out paperwork first, or limit the number of assault weapon clips they could sell.

Yes, that must be it.

The big gun battle on the Vegas strip the other day, between a speeding
Maserati and a black Range Rover, which resulted in four fatalities?

Well, Wayne LaPierre is ready to fly to Sin City for pastoral counseling, while
Malkin is ready to protect the jobs of those who built, then sold and re-sold
those firearms.

Rejoice, the health of our Republic!

» on 02.25.13 @ 08:43 PM

Good grief here come the morons!  Excuse me ding bats but nobody gave any one guns to kill children with, talk about a psychopath! What is so mind numbingly clear is that the anti gun nuts in this country do not want to deal with real problems. They are the same idiots who believe that if a Wall Street fat cat robs the financial sector you punish the financial sector. A speeding car wrecks and kills innocent bystanders, punish all drivers and car makers. It is a disease of knee jerking emotionally driven cop out solutions because lets face it, sending in jack booted Nazis to confiscate all weapons is far easier than dealing with a lone nut case who kills his mother and steals her guns.

» on 02.25.13 @ 09:03 PM

Well, ok, sometimes the psychopaths do have to purchase them…  But if you think the government are Nazis, then perhaps you do belong in another time and space (assault
weapon owners need the large magazines to protect themselves from the enemies in their heads and under their beds….)

Or you don’t understand who the Nazis really were…. (they actually supported arming most Germans, except for a few…)

Cars weren’t made to kill people, and you can use water balloons to aim at targets…

(YOu should never teach the TP to think (or actually study history); it only frustrates you and irritates the TP.

» on 02.26.13 @ 12:41 AM

Mr/Mrs 50: I canNOT believe you actually used the phrase ‘jack-booted nazis taking away your guns.’ My god. That’s ridiculously stupid, even for you.
New Rule: if you type the word Nazi in ANY comment forum meant for the public, it’s time to sleep it off.

» on 02.26.13 @ 01:34 AM

Will somebody please give AN50 a puppy dog?

On the other hand, come to think of it, maybe not….

» on 02.27.13 @ 07:02 PM

The point was you continue to focus on the tool and not the hand and mind that use it. That is sloppy, lazy and dangerous. The Nazis disarmed the German people and the only ones they favored arming were other Nazis. The overused excuse that “guns are designed to kill people, so get rid of them” is also sloppy and lazy. They exist, they are not going to disappear no matter what you do and the only thing controls do is control the very people who don’t need controlling.

When you two lunatics get tired of trying to screw the multitude of innocent to snare a few bad guys, then I’ll drop the Nazi reference.

» on 02.27.13 @ 07:35 PM

The reason one limits magazines is so that there is a chance the shooter can be jumped before he reloads.

But, hey, if you do purchase an assault weapon with a large magazine, a telescopic sight, a silencer, and a bayonet, make sure when you call 911 to wave it at the police officers so they can see it, and you can remove yourself from the gene pool as fast as possible…. (and maybe even win a Darwin medal)...

» on 02.27.13 @ 07:40 PM

Nevertheless, it is amazing how far some wannabe fantasy tin soldiers will go to justify their infatuation with well-greased metal….

» on 02.28.13 @ 04:52 PM

The only reason you limit magazine size is you refuse to deal with the lunatic using it to murder. I cannot believe you still don’t get it. You have a set bias, not related to reality but to a personal fantasy, one where no one wants to kill another. That bias is driven by some dopy leftist bigotry that assigns any gun ownership to idiot backwards imbecile rednecks. The irony is that some of the biggest gun fanatics I know are liberal intellectuals.

If indeed you want to rid the world of guns ask your self why, why are they here, why are we making them? Because you refuse to ask, you continue to delude yourself into believing that you can change human nature by eliminating the tools that very nature has built, from Billy clubs to thermonuclear atomic bombs. It is a dangerous delusion that one day will get us all killed.

» on 02.28.13 @ 05:14 PM

I never said I wanted to rid the world of guns (if you’re speaking to me, that is).  Reasonable self-defense for responsible adults is fine.  Even fully automatic weapons at well supervised and licensed shooting ranges is also fine with me….

Semi-automatic assault weapons that can take many lives indiscriminately need to have sensible controls (and semi-autoomatic shotguns are better for self protection anyway, unless you’re facing assault from a gang and need covering fire (and then you might ask yourself what you did to get them so upset….)

Unless, of course, the “gang” is composed of members of enforcement representatves from your elected government, in which case your life will he hard.. but short….

» on 02.28.13 @ 05:58 PM

Oops, I forgot that if one’s hobby/fantasy is firing fully automatic weapons (or semi automatic weapons) on firing ranges, those weapons should be fully secured at the ranges (don’t take your Oerlikon 40 mm back to your house)...

(I don’t mind people taking their bayonets home, though…)

Better still, get Killzone 3 or Socomm 4 and a PS3 with a Move rifle simulator…

» on 03.01.13 @ 01:20 PM

Good grief you are hopeless. Petty dithering over tooling details while doing everything possible to ignore the hand and brain.

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