Sunday, May 4, 2014

"Behind every blade of grass"

I am uncertain whether or not this is an actual Remington poster, but I appreciate the sentiment.

Remington Arms has been a fixture in Ilion, New York since Eliphalet Remington built his first musket barrel there in 1816, and really dug in and gained notoriety as a result of its output in the Civil War.  Near bankruptcy after World War I, after the Bolsheviks cancelled the massive Imperial Russian contract and the US took its usual eat-your-young approach to downsizing the military after a war (WWI was, after all, the "war to end all wars"), the company was convinced to focus on the sporting arms industry for more stability.  Clearly, one of its more successful products has been the Model 700 series, with off-shoots such as the Marine M40 sniper rifle and the Army M24 Sniper Weapons System (a basis for the new XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle).  The company has learned to be a political animal, declaring its love of the environs of Ilion despite its presense in one of the more knee-jerk left-wing states, but any expansion of note is taking place in Alabama, a direct result of the inane New York SAFE Act of Governor Cuomo and his insistance that "extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay ... have no place in the state of New York."  Remington will keep its headquarters and their legacy families in place in its slowly attriting Ilion, but Huntsville is the new place for some 2,000 Remington jobs.  And Remington's departure from areas politically hostile to it is just one of many.

This map doesn't cover other stories, like PMAG fleeing Colorado for Texas and Wyoming (likewise HiViz and the Outdoor Channel) due to the governor and his steadily dwindling allies in the state legislature (two senators recalled and a third forced to resign in order to keep the Senate from Republican control) and a political revolt from the Colorado Sheriff's Association over the anti-gun laws forced onto the public.

But the Reminton poster ties in nicely ("... the world's largest army...") with a previous poster which I appended to a story of trying to eliminate harrassment of law-abiding citizens transporting firearms through states:
So the number of firearms in the possession of American citizens continues to increase, while at the same time the crime rate, certainly in states that emphasize the right to gun ownership, goes down.  Is that the only direct causal relationship?  No, but it's likely a vital element of the result.  Until proven otherwise, I'll stick with that trend.

(H/T to Daily Timewaster)


  1. Real or not, it's a cool image. I must borrow it, with credit to you, of course.

  2. Actually, I purloined the first one from the Daily Timewaster. Normally my attribution is implied when I make reference in the text, but you remind me that I didn't follow through on my intention.


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