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.