To the Editor:
This is in reply to Don Duddle’s “Response on firearms companies.” First can I ask that he abstain from the cutesy name calling (really, “leftish?”). Also, forego the repetitious jumble of right-wing media rhetoric and opinion masking as facts. Let’s stick with the truth and not twist it.
Exactly where did I fail to tell the truth? Keep in mind, I was addressing the false notion that gun manufacturers were moving because of restrictive (manufacturing) gun laws. I stated that the main reason the gun companies moved was for incentives. Don agreed saying anybody “would be a fool not to accept such an offer,” but then he goes and insists that gun manufacturers were more troubled by the N.Y. gun law and said “These two companies have been looking for a free state to do business.” Well, the N.Y. law doesn’t restrict manufacturers from making assault rifles, only from selling certain types and configurations within the state; moving out of state still won’t allow them to sell assault weapons in the state. But, a good business always finds a way.
Take the Missouri-based gun manufacturer, Black Rain Ordnance, who wasn’t intimidated by the law; it announced on April 3, 2014 that it will release a line of “New York Compliant” rifles, a market-based response to the New York strict new gun laws. And Black Rain is not the only company to move in this direction.
Don says, “Two years ago the company in the anti-gun state of California said that the restrictions on the sale of guns and ammo were so restricted that they could not operate. With that came a massive layoff.” Reading California’s gun laws, which cover background checks, gun purchase and ammunition rules, as well as gun registration requirements, the only manufacturing restriction is against large-capacity magazines. “The Company” that could not operate still could have sold its other products in California and its magazines in a slew of other states. Again, a well-run business finds a way.
And then Don, stated deceptively that “the big gun company (Remington) in New York, [was] made impossible to operate, and the governor … didn’t care about the 2,000 people that lost their jobs in Remington’s move [to Alabama].” Well, Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, released a statement saying Remington’s new plant in Alabama will not affect workers in Ilion. Remington Arms and the 1,300 workers who make up workforce will not lose their jobs and the recent $20 million Ilion plant upgrade is proof of the company’s commitment to New York. In fact, the federal government awarded Remington an $80 million contract to make 5,000 military sniper rifles at the Ilion factory. Also, it was due to an increase in demand for firearms and ammunition that Remington went shopping for a new factory site and those 2,000 workers staffing the Alabama factory will be new hires.
Don states that “If you will look at the facts, almost everybody that is anti-gun are democrats.” No, according to a recent PEW research poll 26 percent of registered Republicans and 50 percent of Independents are in favor of gun control.
Don goes on to parrot a piece of internet scare-mongering about “Tammy Baldwin signing on to the UN small [arms trade treaty] to cancel the second amendment.” First, the Arms Trade Treaty has nothing to do with restricting the legal sale or ownership of guns within the United States. The aim of the Trade Treaty is to combat the illicit international trade of arms. Member states agree to put into place enforceable, standardized arms import and export regulations to ensure arms don’t end up in the wrong hands e.g. used for human-rights abuses or terrorism. And the proposed treaty specifically “reaffirms the sovereign right and responsibility of any state to regulate and control transfers of conventional arms that take place exclusively within its territory, pursuant to its own legal or constitutional systems,” so even if such a treaty came to pass, U.S. rights and laws regarding the sale and ownership of small arms would still apply within the United States.
Second, the measure that Tammy Baldwin voted upon was not the treaty itself, but a non-binding test amendment expressing opposition to the ATT which was tacked onto an unrelated congressional budget resolution.
Don ends with “John tells the story to fit his agenda.” No, I chronicle the whole story and tell it as it is. I don’t deal in urban myths, viral chain email, or wild-haired all encompassing accusations with no basis in reality. And I refrain from name-calling and guessing at a writer’s motives.