Colorado’s most high-profile company is today calling the Centennial State “occupied territory” after Democrat Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed major anti-gun legislation and set in motion the loss of state revenue from Magpul Industries, which manufactures magazines for semi-automatic sporting rifles.
The reference recalls the original film version of “Red Dawn,” set in Colorado and starring the late Patrick Swayze as a teenage freedom fighter after the United States is invaded by Cuban and Russian troops. Magpul is pulling out.
Anti-gunners as far away as Puget Sound are cheering todays’ events, but their perceived victory may be hollow and costly to the Colorado economy. What seems like trophy legislation now may soon be replaced on their mantle by an economic urn. Magpul made no secret that it will be moving out of Colorado as soon as possible. The Denver Post quoted Doug Smith, Magpul’s chief operating officer, who was blunt.
“Our moving efforts are underway,” he said. “It's going to be a phased approach, and until the move is complete, we're going to continue manufacturing magazines in Colorado. Within the next 30-days we will manufacture our first magazine outside the state of Colorado.”
Examiner’s call to Magpul was not returned.
Seattle Times readers have already started weighing in, and one Shelton resident expressed the gun prohibitionist mindset with this remark:
“Finally, some common sense gun regulation. Until now, the hysterical little girls have been throwing up their hand and crying that nothing can be done. Well, something has been done, and I expect that Colorado's death rate by firearm murders and suicides will fall faster than it otherwise would have.
“Meanwhile, those on the right who fantasize about overthrowing the U.S. Government can still play with their guns and play act their militia drills. Not much has changed for them, except that their certifiable brethren will find it more difficult to get guns, which is good.”—‘cedar500’
Whether the Colorado governor realizes it or otherwise, he just started a civil war by “awakening a sleeping giant.” Gun owners across the nation are furious, and they have long memories. Predictably, reaction from gun ban proponents was almost scripted, as exemplified by the comment from State Rep. Rhonda Fields, a Democrat, quoted by CBS.
“I am happy the governor is signing common-sense legislation that reduces gun violence in our communities by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic violence offenders and the seriously mentally ill,” Fields said.
Gun rights activists will remember she said that, and demand proof.