“Hey, PTR,” tweeted Texas Governor Rick Perry Friday, after learning the Connecticut gun maker had announced it would flee its home in the “Constitution” State. “Texas is still wide open for business!! Come on down!”
No surprise, huh? Governors and legislatures in Texas and other Red States in the southern and western United States have differentiated themselves from their liberal peers in New York, Connecticut, Maryland and even Colorado by rolling out very public welcome mats, all in the hope that the outbound gun manufacturers will land in their backyards.
Legislatures in most of the States whose officials have courted companies like Magpul, Colt Competition and PTR have already passed resolutions this session resolving to protect their residents’ 2nd Amendment rights from any Federal encroachment.
That may seem like idle bluster from conservative politicians who want to pander to their conservative constituents, but it’s more than that.
The Administration of President Barack Obama has urged Congress to approve a gun-control bill in the wake of scary mass shootings like those in Sandy Hook, Conn., and Aurora, Colo. And if activity in the Senate last week is any indication, the President is halfway home in getting his wish. A bipartisan agreement in the Senate has produced consensus on a bill, the “Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act,” that States like Texas have already sworn not to recognize.
Manufacturers like PTR and Magpul have said they’re leaving their gun-grabbing States on the principle that it’s not right to make and sell something in States where residents can’t buy their products, and it’s good business for the gun makers to put down roots where State governments are committed to upholding 2nd Amendment powers for the long haul.
Footnote: What is it with Obama-backed legislation and deceptive titling? First, the Patient “Protection” and Affordable Care Act; now, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights “Protection” Act? Why invoke “protection,” except as a crude branding tool designed to throw a smoke cloud over the true intent of laws like Obamacare and now this Federal gun grab?
These laws protect and enrich only those elites who make the laws. They protect no American citizen with their disgusting, subversive lip service to “Affordable Care” and “Public Safety.”
Listen to Connecticut resident Robert Steed, who explains the perversity of lawmakers stealing Americans’ freedoms by offering them the pabulum of government protection. He says it better than most: