Our View: The Pro-Business Governor?

February 15, 2013

Hickenlooper should stand up against the extreme voices in his party on guns just as he has on fracking

We all know that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is fond of drinking beer.  We learned recently that he’s even tried frack fluid, though he doesn’t care for the taste.  News this morning that the Governor of Colorado is willing to chase nearly 1,000 jobs out of Colorado by putting his signature on House Bill 1224 makes us wonder what else the Governor might be drinking.

A couple days after Doug Smith, the Chief Operating Officer of Erie, Colorado-based manufacturer Magpul Industries Corporation, testified that the passage of legislation placing limits on how many rounds can be held in firearm magazines will force his company to leave Colorado (and take hundreds of Colorado jobs with them), Hickenlooper announced his support for the legislation.

Apparently, Colorado is only interested in those “light manufacturing” companies that churn out products in the aerospace or beer making industries.

While we find ourselves longing for the thoughtful, measured John Hickenlooper that appeared on national TV immediately after the horrific theatre shooting in Aurora, we also understand that Mr. Hickenlooper is under great pressure from forces within his party to “act” on gun control this legislative session.  Even so, Hickenlooper has the ability to moderate forces within his party if he wants to.  Standing up to extreme environmentalists on hydraulic fracturing is a prime example.

Rather than rushing to pass and sign this arbitrary limit on standard-capacity magazines, which we now know will cost Colorado hundreds of good paying jobs, Governor Hickenlooper and his friends in the Colorado Senate would be well served to focus their efforts on those things that might actually impact violence and crime in our State.  However, if they insist on forcing through this big, wet kiss to the gun control extremists within their party, Colorado voters should insist on hearing how these politicians plan on replacing good manufacturing jobs after they chase Magpul Industries Corporation away.

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5 Responses to Our View: The Pro-Business Governor?

  1. Michael Schmidlen
    February 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    WE CAN’T allow CO to be the last state to jump on the over-reaction bandwagon with NY & CA already “jumping the gun”, to use a bad, but an appropriate analogy! I can ONLY hope the formerly RED state CO was when I moved here in ’83 DOESN’T forget these over reaching politicians in the next elections…If it DOESN’T, the state will become like all those post-industrial mecca’s in the Mid-West & North East…

  2. Jayhawk
    February 17, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Didn’t this site post an article stating 20% unemployment in some parts of Colorado/California East just a few months ago I guess jobs don’t account much. when you can get votes from folks on food stamps and welfare. Oh well Kansas will sure take those jobs come down Magpul.

  3. Windy
    February 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Rumor has it that Hickenlooper might want to run for President and he’ll need the funding from the Democratic Party machine to get that done. And we all know that Democrats in the Democratic Party machine want to eventually ban and even confiscate guns. So he’ll have to sign these bills. But WE who are pro 2nd Amendment have very long memories and will fight him tooth and nail.

    I know of one other company, who in not in the gun industry, who is going to leave if these gun bills pass and we don’t turn this state back to red in 2014. The Democrats are following a long held progressive (Statist) agenda and common sense and popular opinion be damned. Fight them folks. Visit the capital tomorrow (Monday) and show your support as the House will be making their 3rd and final vote on these bills.

  4. Steve
    February 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I will never forgive any politician who tries to infringe on my 2A rights. I donate thousands of dollars every year to political campaigns and I’m not a rich person. Those of you who talk the talk need to walk the walk and get involved in campaigns giving of both your money and your time. Otherwise your vote is trivial opposition to this unconstitutional juggernaut.

    • Darby Wing
      March 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      Keep in mind that if there is an amnesty bill which allows the vote to all the illegal aliens we have filling the welfare roles in these central and southern states, there will never be another conservative elected to any population center. Hopefully there will still be some place for true free-market business-persons to “Go Galt”.


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