State lawmakers will one day learn there are consequences to their actions. Unfortunately, it is more often the people governed than the lawmakers who receive the brunt of the repercussions from poor lawmaking. Over the last month or so, New York launched a new campaign—Start Up NY—touting a business-friendly attitude by promising a 10-year tax holiday for any business that starts, relocates or expands in New York. During this same time, Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Schumer, Governor Cuomo and others have made every effort to show exactly why businesses should not trust the Excelsior state (Ever Upward). Tax free? Maybe. Needlessly over regulated? Most definitely.
From vile and misleading (if not simply outright) lies about firearms and firearm owners to trampling on citizens rights by dictating the size of diet soda you can buy, New York’s lawmakers have shown their true colors. A 10-year tax holiday, offered by lawmakers so willing to enforce its nanny state mentality, is no place for a business that plans to be around after 10 years. In the case of the firearm industry, it is not a place for a business planning to be around for more than the next year or two. Fortunately, Big Green heard the lawmaker’s messages loud and clear.
New York is not the only state interested in attracting new business and Remington has been around far too long to not understand the dangers of investing in an anti-Second Amendment state such as New York. As a result, it looks like instead of going “ever upward,” New York’s lawmakers have once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Remington announced it will open a new plant—deemed an expansion rather than a relocation—which will bring 2,000 new jobs to Alabama. And who could blame Remington?
Would you rather expand in a state bent on oppressing its citizens under the thumb of government or a state with the motto, “We Dare Defend our Rights?” Defending the rights of the citizens; what a novel concept—certainly one that liberal lawmakers simply do not seem to understand. As for New York, Remington’s Ilion, NY plant will remain open, but likely with a reduced workforce. Governor Cumo’s office is already spinning it that New York will not lose any jobs.
The purposed move has not been a secret and it’s a subject Cheaper Than Dirt!’s The Shooter’s Log has covered in the past. Remington first showed its hand when the New York legislature passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act as a knee-jerk reaction to the tragedy in Newtown, CT. The Act requires background checks to purchase ammunition and bans magazines containing more than seven rounds of ammunition. The ill-advised Act also broadened New York’s misleading definition of assault weapons to include several new models. Remington’s Bushmaster was included under that new definition—a slight obviously not lost on the decision makers at Big Green.
Over half of the states understand citizen’s rights and tout a business-friendly environment. These business-friendly venues have courted Remington in hopes the plant would land in their fair state. These states included Arizona, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Tennessee just to name a few. However, in the end, Huntsville Alabama will receive the prize—construction dollars, jobs and future revenues.
It is easy to feel for some of the pro Second Amendment residents of New York—citizens who have actively voiced their opposition to New York’s anti-Second Amendment dictators. Your voice has not resonated with a majority of your citizens in past, but now may be your time. Bloomberg is out and although his replacement is far from a step up, you have a strong position. People are known to vote their pocketbook. Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Cuomo need to be held to account for their gun-grabbing rhetoric and the loss of jobs and revenues to the state coffers as a result of their personal agendas.
On one side of their mouth they are offering incentives to attract business. At the same time, they are talking out of the other side of their mouth to impose their will over the voices of the citizens. It’s up to you New Yorkers. Sit back, feel the pain and watch your rights be stripped by the few, or stand up and expose these zealots for what they really are. You have the political ammunition to reach the masses and an issue near and dear to their hearts—money.