Ah, Colorado …the Centennial State. Home of the fictional, animated town of South Park. A place where one can smoke pot at will, and where one will soon be able to marry another of the same gender. It would seem anything goes there … except, of course, gun ownership.
This past Monday, a quartet of gun controlled laws introduced by Democrats (who else) in the Colorado House passed by a wide margin. They are expected to encounter some resistance in the Senate but, if the laws pass that hurdle, the liberal Democrat Governor, a fellow with the unlikely name of John Hickenlooper, will doubtless sign them into law.
Each law accomplishes a different thing:
- Bans guns on campus
- Requires background checks for all gun transactions
- Imposes a fee on gun buyers to cover the costs of their background checks, and
- Bans magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds
Some laws are more vile than others. For example, background checks on prospective gun buyers doesn’t seem so bad; and the fee for a background check is pretty minimal. Where these laws become a problem is when one individual wants to sell a firearm to another. There will be complicated forms aplenty to complete, and also a background check. Inherited firearms may also be affected. And while fees may be minimal at first, they are sure to grow.
A statewide ban of firearms on college campuses is, in the minds of many (myself included), pretty stupid on two levels. Why should one abandon their Constitutional Rights when enrolling in college courses? More importantly, the creation of “gun-free zones”, defended by unarmed minimum-wage security guards, only encourages attacks by crazed active shooters.
Then there is the ban on high-capacity magazines …
The current mantra is, “Why would anyone need a 30-round magazine?” Well, gosh, that makes sense, eh? So government limits magazine capacity to 15 rounds. Everything is peachy until an active shooter, armed with a pair of 15-round Glocks guns down multiple victims, probably at a college or other “gun-free zone” where the victims can’t shoot back. Now the mantra becomes, “Oh! These horrible 15-round magazines! Why does anybody need a 15/10/7/5 – round magazine? Y’know, come to think of it, we should limit magazine capacity to exactly one round of ammunition …”
Indeed, limiting magazine capacity to an arbitrary number of rounds is a slippery slope. Democrats and other swine understand this perfectly. It is nothing less than incrementalism, a manifestation of the old fable of the frog being boiled in a pot of water by increasing the temperature one degree each day. Democrats and other swine love incrementalism. It has taken them very far in the past five decades.
One wonders if Colorado’s proposed ban on high-capacity magazines extends to former UC Ethics Professor Ward Churchill who, a few years ago, struck a Che Guevara-esque pose with an AK47 as he lambasted America as a force for evil in the world.
Will loony Colorado Marxists still be permitted high-capacity magazines under the proposed ban? Not if they’re fomenting communist insurrection. Just ask former UC Prof. Ward Churchill.
Enter MagPul. For those of you who don’t know, MagPul produces what are simply the finest AR15 magazines – the PMAGs – in the world. Like their military and police counterparts, they hold 30 rounds of ammunition. Everybody who owns an AR covets PMAGS, as well as other fine accessories – sights, foregrips, buttstocks, etc – designed and manufactured by MagPul. So MagPul, which is located in Colorado, brings a lot of money into that increasingly benighted state.
Of course, Colorado Democrats view MagPul as a purveyor of pure evil.
MagPul has announced it will relocate its operations to another state if the bill passes:
If Magpul does leave it will effect around 600 jobs and take away about $85 million from the Colorado’s economy. Magpul directly employs 200 people and supports 400 supply-chain jobs.
Not that Democrats, in Colorado or anywhere else, care about jobs (except, of course, for paper-pusher jobs in government, awarded to cronies, campaign donors and whatnot).
No, 600 less jobs held by MagPul employees in Colorado probably means (at least) 1200 less Republicans living and voting in Colorado. I can’t imagine an Obama Zombie lasting very long on the assembly line at MagPul, nor can I imagine Republican MagPul employees having Obama Zombie spouses. They’ll all move, taking their votes and political influence with them to the plant’s new facilities in Nevada. Its win-win as far as Colorado Democrats are concerned. And if you think liberal Democrats don’t think in these terms, guess again. This is exactly how they think in Illinois, where Democrats want to establish a hegemonic lock on power, a Thousand Year Democrat Reich in which conservatives are weeded out of the political gene pool.
In the meantime, the Suarez Group of Companies, a firm that sells fine tactical equipment and training (and which has, as its motto, “Doing Bad Things To Bad People Since 1995″), has launched “Operation Colorado Freedom“. By offering high-capacity magazines to Colorado residents at incredible discount prices, they hope to flood Colorado with a hundred-year supply of PMAGs and other high capacity magazines, rendering the proposed ban … pretty pointless, actually. Props to Gabe Suarez for a smart tactic; but really, this should come as no surprise from a fellow who makes a living teaching tactics.