Via Alphecca, an article on the trials and tribulations of some well-known Illinois gunmakers.
Why, in Shiva's name, do gunmakers persist in locating themselves in states with anti-gun and (dare I say it?) anti-free-enterprise laws?
A small sampling:
Illinois: Springfield Armory, ArmaLite, Rock River Arms, Les Baer.
Massachussetts: Smith & Wesson.
Connecticut: Ruger, Mossberg, Colt (the state of CT, along with the labor union, are actually part owners of this once-great firm.)
New York: Kimber, Kahr, Remington.
Maryland: Beretta USA.
Let's see: If I were to compile a list of states with lousy anti-freedom laws and draconian gun regs, and states where gun manufacturers ply their trade, I'd have darn near 100% overlap. I mean, really, is there one state on that list to which any gun owner with a mere moiety of her marbles intact would want to move?
Now the CEOs of these companies have the unmitigated gall to whine to reporters about how (surprise!) the lawmakers in the rapaciously anti-gun state they decided to set up shop in (or remain located in) are trying to legislate them out of business. Are gun manufacturers congenitally stupid, or am I missing something with regard to the pleasurable benefits of sleeping with the enemy?
Sam Kinison said it so well: "See this? This is sand. Sand! You live in a desert! Move to where the food is!"