From the Cheap Seats: The Magpul Mess

February 18, 2013

KILLING JOBS: Lawmakers are learning about unintended consequences the hard way

There is nothing like watching genius at work.  Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel, Beethoven writing a symphony, Einstein working out a formula on a chalkboard.

And then there is the Colorado Legislature in full pander mode on guns.  A bit like watching a PC version of the Three Stooges: unlikely but perfectly predictable plotlines guaranteed to inspire observers to ponder whether flatworms indeed have the requisite intelligence for self-governance because it seems that House Democrats don’t.

Colorado’s resident geniuses, let loose to run wild this session, are fixated on learning about unintended consequences the hard way.

Not for them, mind you, but for the people who work, pay taxes and generally mind their own business.

The Lege is working its way to deciding that ammunition magazines with a capacity of greater than 15 rounds must be banned. It seems not to have occurred to their Clownships that Colorado might be home to businesses that make such magazines. We can only assume that Larry must have left the building for a moment, leaving Curly Ferrandino and Moe Morse to some wildly far-fetched devices.

And as it happens our lackluster Legislature’s whacked-out wanderings would drop the hammer on an actual business with real employees.

Magpul Industries, which makes firearms parts and high-capacity magazines, would suddenly find itself in the position of manufacturing goods that would be illegal in Colorado. Magpul has reasonably inferred that the Legislature wouldn’t have the sophistication demonstrated by the hillbillies of Moore County, Tenn. (the dry county from which we get Jack Daniel’s adult beverages) and announced plans to become an economic-development prize for some other state. Not sure here, but we’re guessing that Utah and Texas already have calls into the Magpul offices. We’re also betting that it won’t take much to get the company to move to either place.

Now if Magpul pulls out, several Front Range businesses would take it in the .22 shorts.  Companies that do the injection molding for Magpul and other manufacturers would lose business, and lots of it. The people who work for those businesses would be out of luck as they watch their sources of employment get out of Dodge.

About 1,000 people could see their jobs disappear.

Ah, the Dems say, but there’s plenty of other work. Such as Abound Solar, which makes nothing anyone wants at any price and is therefore dependent on Democrats to shovel tax money its way with not strings – or oversight – attached. Ditto the “investment” in Vestas.

Of course the Dems who are running things in Denver are unconcerned about such trifles.

Oops, Cheap Seats better use a different word. One of our resident geniuses might note that the word “trifle” includes “rifle,” and well, we just can’t imagine what kind of legislative response that might generate.

Because we’re dealing with, like, real Dems of genius here.

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11 Responses to From the Cheap Seats: The Magpul Mess

  1. Donna Jean
    February 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

    They are going to lose a bunch of people who spend their vacations in Colorado too. We go every year and see the our families since we spent all our lives in Colorado before we moved 8 years ago. No more. Although we don’t hunt in Colorado anymore, we do spend a lot of money there. No more! This passes, and we will be spending our summers in Wyoming and let the family come see us–it’s only an hour away for most of them. Will not spend one thin dime in Colorado-ever!

  2. Zippy
    February 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Thanks Donna Jean! We were sick of seeing you here anyhow.

  3. BorisB
    February 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Yeah, and in 20 years Colorado will be following in Kalifornia’s footsteps to bankruptcy.

    Zippy, what a fitting name… Tell me zipperhead, do you have a “Native Coloradoan” bumper sticker on your Subaru?

  4. Jayhawk
    February 18, 2013 at 7:24 pm


    Hey Zippy
    You do know your states primary industry is tourism right and that some counties all ready have 20% unemployment. Enjoy your broke utopia .

    Donna Jean
    we area also exColorado the state regulated our business out. Years ago. We only go to see our elderly relation. But spend no money if we can help it in the state..

  5. co_adventurer
    February 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Magpul is taking a stand, and as a native of Colorado, I’m glad for their support. Magazine restrictions are proven NOT to work (look at Illinois or California for actual facts) and yet our legislature will pander to out of state special interests and take a bunch of Colorado jobs away.

    The magazine restriction proposed, is unenforceable. People will drive to Wyoming or Nebraska to get what they need. But if the jobs leave, they are not coming back.

  6. Austin
    February 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    How about we just ban democrats? By force if necessary…

    They took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. Pretty soon they are going to be labeled as domestic enemies folks. They are planting the seeds for a revolution. Which side will you be on?

  7. Jerry Anderson
    February 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Abound Solar has been closed for quite a while. Wake up people.

  8. Kevin Collier
    February 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Well, Zippy, you won’t be seeing our tourist dollars either. We have already changed our vacation plans to exclude Colorado. Sorry, because we have enjoyed our times there.

  9. Jim Caso
    February 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Does any of this hysteria remind anyone of… oh I don’t know… Salem? The answer is always the quick fix… burn them at the stake… instead of wrestling with the real problem… morality in America has sunk so low that taking a human life means instant notoriety, not even infamy. It’s a good thing selling yourself for money still means you’re a xxxxx, politician…

  10. Dutch Al
    February 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    And so the Californication of Colorado continues…

  11. Drifter
    February 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

    My wife was born and raised in Colorado. Her folks still live there and we like to visit them. Guess that’s out. We were going to move there than heard how the vote to lower car registration, or is it licensing fees was voted down? NOT! Can’t believe the idiots left California because of over zealous government control and now they, and others in the state want to do it to the great state of Colorado!
    Wake up people! You’re going to regulate your way into a government run program! All, (Dems and republicans) need to get it together. To many laws on the books that aren’t enforced but! Let’s make more! Follow the UN into one world order!


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