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Fri Aug 24, 2012, 03:56 PM

Call to Stiffen Laws Worries Town Built by Guns

This is the town that Remington built.

Almost 200 years ago, a young man named Eliphalet Remington Jr. forged his first rifle barrel at his father’s ironworks here in the Mohawk Valley. These days, the Remington Arms factory in this village, midway between Albany and Syracuse, is one of the few large manufacturers still prospering in a part of upstate New York that was once filled with them.

But now residents of Ilion, a community whose history and economy are indelibly linked to one of America’s more celebrated gunmakers, are starting to worry about Remington’s future. The recent mass shootings at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado and at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin have galvanized advocates of tougher gun laws in Albany, and Remington has made it clear that such laws could prompt it to leave New York for a more sympathetic state.

While elsewhere the debate over gun control includes talk of balancing constitutional rights with public safety, here residents are most concerned with a little-discussed element of the gun industry: economics.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/nyregion/calls-for-stricter-gun-laws-worry-ilion-ny-built-by-remington.html?pagewanted=all

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Reply Call to Stiffen Laws Worries Town Built by Guns (Original post)
alp227 Aug 2012 OP
ileus Aug 2012 #1
4th law of robotics Aug 2012 #2
JustABozoOnThisBus Aug 2012 #6
4th law of robotics Aug 2012 #8
DonP Aug 2012 #3
rDigital Aug 2012 #4
spin Aug 2012 #5
Glassunion Aug 2012 #7
rl6214 Aug 2012 #9

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 03:58 PM

1. Remington; Come on down.

We'd love to have you in Wyth County.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 04:19 PM

2. If NY doesn't want you there are 49 other states that would welcome the jobs

 

and tax revenue.

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 10:34 PM

6. Well, maybe not 49 states

NJ, CA, IL probably won't welcome a Remington factory.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 11:59 AM

8. Let's say better than half then.

 

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 04:20 PM

3. Been there, doing that in Illinois

Teach the NRA a lesson!

You don't need all those highly skilled union machinist jobs and their apprentice training programs in your state or town.

Pass some nice restrictive gun laws to show the voters and taxpayers, (many of whom will be leaving shortly), how serious you'd like to be about violence.

Then, when the tax revenue falls drastically, wonder out loud why the tax base fell apart. Couldn't be because you drove another major manufacturer out of the state, must be that evil NRA again.

When you have to close a school, library or firehouse or two blame the NRA. That'll work.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 04:46 PM

4. Come on over, Remington. Ohio has a place for you!! nt

 

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 05:40 PM

5. I believe Florida would welcome Remington with open arms. ...

The Brady Campaign has called Florida the "Gunshine State." My state needs to live up to that reputation.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 11:53 PM

7. I think PA would be the best move.

Less than 2 hours away from their current factory. Hell, I bet a good chunk of their employees would make the move with them.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 03:11 PM

9. Where better than Texas to move the Remington plant to.

 

Plenty of wide open land and a huge work force.

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