Wednesday’s announcement by Magpul Industries that it would be gone completely from Colorado by early 2015 — the kind of announcement for which Wyoming and Texas were thankful yesterday while Colorado will be left with a gaping hole in its economy — was more than just a symbolic victory over gun prohibitionists.
Anti-gunners are the ones who prefer symbolism over substance, so they may not care that some 100 jobs will be lost, or that — by some estimates — the state may lose about $80 million to its economy. Some may even rejoice.
According to the Denver Post, Magpul is moving to facilities in Austin and Cheyenne. In its wake, about 100,000 square feet of empty space will be left in Erie, a monument to the nothingness of gun control.
Magpul had threatened to leave the Centennial State over strict new gun control laws adopted along party lines last year as a response to the Sandy Hook tragedy, and the company wasn’t bluffing. It cost three state senators their jobs (though the seats were regained by Democrats earlier this month) and nearly cost Gov. John Hickenlooper his.
But the real cost of all this anti-gun sentiment will be felt down the road. Good jobs trump empty gestures, and with Magpul’s announcement on the eve of Thanksgiving and with the holiday season just beginning, there probably was some bitterness in yesterday’s turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy among people whose jobs just moved to other states.
That bitterness may pale in comparison to the despair being felt this week by business owners in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters-turned-pillagers and looters burned several businesses in the wake of the grand jury’s decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
There is a disturbing parallel between the destruction of businesses in Missouri and the loss of Magpul in Colorado. People who had nothing to do with the Brown shooting have lost their livelihoods. People who had nothing to do with Sandy Hook will lose their jobs.
There’s been talk this week about justice. Many wonder where is the justice in burned-down buildings or loss of jobs?
Speaking of justice, out in California, state Attorney General Kamala Harris and the anti-gun Brady Campaign are trying to delay it by filing a request for an “en banc” hearing before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel turned thumbs down on their attempt to intervene in a concealed carry case. Justice delayed is justice denied, isn’t it?
On the other hand, one might argue that there has been justice in Colorado. Anti-gunners in the legislature adopted laws that seriously impact one of the state’s lawful businesses for the sake of symbolism. That business pumped millions of dollars into the economy. Now that business is leaving, and that is justice of a different sort.