Tensions on the Second Amendment front have subsided a bit, overshadowed only because of the budget fiasco and healthcare website disaster now unfolding before our eyes. But don’t even think of relaxing one bit. Because on Halloween day, Homeland Security, which has purchased billions of rounds of ammunition, armored vehicles, and full-auto rifles, has made yet another disturbing purchase. Ready for this one? DHS is now spending $500,000 on fully automatic pepper spray launchers!
In an announcement of a no bid contract posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the federal agency signals its intention to purchase nearly 240,000 pepper spray projectiles and 100 pepper spray launchers, as well as 36 “riot expansion kits.” The PepperBall TAC-700 pepper spray launcher “features full auto, semi-auto, or a 3 round burst providing up to 700 rounds per minute,” according to the company, which will provide the DHS with the weapons. It is also “accurate to 60 feet with area saturation up to 150 feet.” The weapon is routinely used in riot control situations around the world. Check here to read the full story.
We have not been sitting idly by as these disturbing events keep developing. We have begun a small revolution and one of them played out in Colorado where pro-gun forces successfully recalled two politicos and replaced them with staunch Second Amendment legislators, which was no small feat as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (America’s Mayor) pumped in a substantial amount of cash to make certain they did not succeed. Surrounded by his armed bodyguards, Bloomberg was shocked that something like this could have happened.
But there is also a groundswell of a second revolution starting to take place and this blogger thinks it is a bit shortsighted and misguided. That is the notion that factories that continue to manufacture firearms in gun-hating states like New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut should be boycotted. Folks, this is not a smart move, and I will tell you why.
Remington Arms, Ilion, NY
The big players on the block, like Colts and Remington, etc., have been established factories for well over a hundred years. Here is the rub. Whereas it was practical and affordable for the small fry to pick up and leave and relocate to say Texas or the Dakotas, factories like the aforementioned are so huge and the infrastructure so gargantuan that to dismantle and relocate would be akin to the Soviets moving their tank and war production facilities east of the Urals in response to the Nazi invasion of 1940. In short, they would run the risk of bankruptcy or staggering losses that might take decades to recover.
So dear reader, know this. These manufacturing giants aren’t thrilled either with their current situation. The corporate taxes and other fees they face every day have hurt them substantially. But Americans, boycotting these companies will only hurt them further, and in the end the only people affected is us.
Image courtesy The Remington Society