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.