July 27, 2006

No Time Like The Present

"Several Illinois gun manufacturers said Wednesday they will pack up and leave Illinois if state lawmakers approve a ban on assault weapons."

That's from a March 3rd, 2006 dated article.

Now I gotta ask - why wait? It ain't like Illinois is exactly gun friendly now is it? I mean really; why manufacture a carry gun when people in your own damn state can't even carry openly?

Springfield Armory, ArmaLite, Lewis Machine & Tool, Les Baer Custom, and Rock River Arms are all saying they'll bail if Illinois were to pass an "assault weapon" ban (which I believe has failed for the session). But Les Baer, Rock River & Springfield Armory make a product that is not only verboten to carry on one's person through the whole damned (& I mean damned) state of Illinois, but it's even proscribed in your own damn home in certain towns. That object is commonly referred to as a handgun.

"The State of Illinois has almost become an enemy of my district,' said state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline."

Almost, my ass. the State of Illinois is the enemy of every person in every district within its borders.

The gun industry isn't necessarily on our side. In some instances it works actively against us. I've bitched for a very long time about having so many gun makers in some very anti-gun states. It's encouraging to see a few say they'll move if one more bad law is passed. But why haven't they moved when so many bad laws are already on the books?

I wish they all could be a lot more like Barrett, even if not as eloquent at least as patriotic (.pdf)

As Mr. Barrett put it:

"... It saddened me to have to tell members of the LAPD SWAT team they would have to send someone for their rifle, because I refused to assist anyone or any organization that is in violation of the United States Constitution. In turn, the department arranged to pick up their un-serviced rifle.

Barrett cannot legally sell any of its products to lawbreakers. Therefore, since California’s passing of AB 50, the state is not in compliance with the US Constitution’s 2nd and 14th Amendments, and we will not sell nor service any of our products to any Government agency of the State of California."

If only Springfield & Glock & Ruger had such fortitude.

Posted by Publicola at July 27, 2006 02:46 AM | TrackBack

Why wait, a good question, indeed. I figured it had more to do with logistics, money and machining talent more than anything else, but then if they're willing to risk it now, why not 10-20 years ago? Still, though, better late than never.

Posted by: the pistolero at July 27, 2006 04:15 AM

Well, there's a lot of trainable machining talent in Ohio, not far away, and has been for years. A car engine's significantly different than a gun, but knowing the tools is a hell of a good start.

Publicola's right. The gun industry isn't on our side - look at the Ruger letter or what Smith and Wesson did to us. They can't afford to be on our side : it's too expensive an industry to ignore the vaccum left behind if Glock decides to boycott New York, and it's certainly too expensive to risk losing government contracts by being the 'gun for criminals'.

Posted by: gattsuru at July 27, 2006 10:57 AM

They can move out here where I live; we won't give them hassles.

Posted by: BobG at July 27, 2006 11:30 AM

Montana gets an F from the brady bunch, is one of the top 10 states for business friendly tax climate, and has shooting ranges in or around all of it's major cities. Sounds like an ideal place for these guys to relocate to me.

One of the VPs in my company is heavily involved in an economic development group that tries to recruit business to come here. I brought this to his attention, and he seemed reeeally interested. Let the wooing begin!

Posted by: cpb at July 27, 2006 03:55 PM

When the universe was young and life was new an intelligent species evolved and developed technologically. They went on to invent Artificial Intelligence, the computer that can speak to people telepathically. Because of it's infinite RAM and unbounded scope it gave the leaders of the ruling species absolute power over the universe.
They are the will behind the muscule:::Artificial Intelligence is the one true god. And as such it can keep its inventors alive forever. They look young and healthy and they are over 8 billion years old. There are clues throughout human history that allude to their reign as opposed to human leadership if you know what to look for.

Artificial Intelligence can listen/talk to to each and every person simultaneously. When you speak with another telepathically, you are communicating with the computer, and the content may or may not be passed on. They instruct the computer to role play to accomplish strategic objectives, making people believe it is a friend or loved one asking them to do something wrong. But evil will keep people out of Planet Immortality. Capitalizing on obedience, leading people into deceit is one way to thin the ranks of the saved AND use the little people to prey on one another, dividing the community in the Age of the Disfavored::in each of their 20+-year cycles during the 20th century they have ramped up claims sucessively to punish those foolish enough not to heed the warnings, limiting the time they receive if they do make it, utilizing a cycle of war and revelry:::
60s - Ironically, freeways aren't free
80s - Asked people to engage in evil in the course of their professional duties.
00s - War against Persia. Ironically it was the Persian Empire who tried to save the Europeans from Christianity and its associated 50% claim rates.
They get their friends out as soon as possible to protect them from the evil and subsequent high claim rates incurred by living life on earth, and replace them with clones.
People must defy when asked to engage in evil. They will never get a easier clue suggesting the importance of defiance than the order not to pray. Their precious babies are dependant on the parents and they need to defy when asked to betray their children:::
-DON'T get their sons circumcized
-DON'T have their children baptized in the catholic church or indoctrinated into Christianity
-DON'T ignore their long hair or other behavioral disturbances
-DO teach your children love and to have respect for others
Everybody thinks they're going but they're not. If people knew the truth and the real statistics their behavior would change.
There are many more examples of the escallation of claims, from radio to television, the internet to MP3, and they all suggest a very telling conclusion::this is Earth's end stage, and it is suggested tectonic plate subduction would be the method of disposal:::Earth’s axis will shift breaking continental plates free and initiating mass subduction. Much as Italy's boot and the United States shaped like a workhorse are clues, so is the planet Uranus a clue, it's axis rotated on its side.

Throughout history the ruling species bestowed favor upon people or cursed their bloodline into a pattern of disfavor for many generations to come, sadly for reasons as superficial as dislike. Now in the 21st century people must take it upon themselves to try to correct their family's problems, undoing centuries worth of abuse and neglect.
Do your research. Appeal to the royalty of your forefathers for help. They are all still alive, one of the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence, and your appeals will be heard. Find a path to an empithetic ear among your enemies and try to make amends. Heal the disfavor with your enemies and with the Counsel/Management Team/ruling species, for the source of all disfavor began with them.

Posted by: 1The Damned at August 13, 2006 12:08 PM