Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D) is giving Colt Manufacturing Co. a $10 million “low cost loan” to ensure they purchase their factory and headquarters in West Hartford.
To sweeten the deal, Colt only has to pay back $8 million if they hire 100 new workers.
Ironically, some of Colt’s most popular products–their AR-15s and “high capacity” magazines–are banned in Connecticut, so they are purchasing headquarters in a state where those products cannot be sold.
According to the Journal Inquirer, Malloy spokeswoman Meg Green acknowledged that many Colt products are prohibited in Connecticut, but she said the products can be sold in other states because “not every state has gun safety laws as strong as Connecticut’s.” She said the loan to Colt “demonstrates that we can work with manufacturers to protect and grow jobs, while simultaneously advancing safer laws and industry best practices.”
A few points need to be made: First, Connecticut legislators passed–and Governor Malloy signed–draconian gun controls in the wake of the December 14, 2012, attack on Sandy Hook Elementary, but little attention was given to the fact that the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence already ranked the state as having the 5th most stringent gun control laws in the nation. They had the 5th most stringent laws, but those laws meant nothing because the Sandy Hook attacker bypassed all gun control by stealing his firearms.
Secondly, note how Green tries to frame gun controls as “gun safety.” This is a tactic adopted by gun control proponents after they were shellacked in the 2014 midterm elections. Groups like Moms Demand Action and Senators like Joe Manchin (D-WV) have actively switched their verbiage, now referring to gun control as “gun safety” in an effort to sneak new laws past the people. Malloy’s spokeswoman is using the updated language but it still means the same thing–gun control.
Lastly, Colt says it will also begin to “increase its promotion of firearms safety.” The Journal Inquirer did not say whether this was a stipulation for securing the $10 million “low cost loan,” but it is nevertheless something Colt plans to undertake now.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.