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Beretta USA Announces Decision To Move Its Entire Maryland Manufacturing Capabilities To Tennessee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Beretta USA press release:

 

 

” Beretta U.S.A. Corp., located in Accokeek, Maryland, announced today that it has decided to move its manufacturing capabilities from its existing location to a new production facility that it is building in Gallatin, Tennessee.  The Gallatin facility is scheduled to be opened in mid-2015.  Beretta U.S.A. had previously planned to use the new Gallatin, Tennessee facility for new machinery and production of new products only.

“ During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world.  While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State,” stated Jeff Cooper, General Manager for Beretta U.S.A. Corp.

“ While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility,” Cooper added. “

 

 

While the Washington Post had this to say …

 

 

” The Italian company had disclosed a $45 million plan this year to expand operations to a new factory near Nashville. But Beretta has decided to go beyond that plan because, a senior executive said, the company is “very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory” in Maryland.

  Maryland’s new gun restrictions, pushed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., bans 45 types of assault rifles and put in place tough fingerprint, photo identification and training requirements. Magazines are limited to 10 rounds.

  A version of the legislation that passed the state Senate “would have prohibited Beretta ­USA from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world,” the company said.

  Jeff Reh, a spokesman for Beretta USA, said in an interview that executives had become increasingly worried that future legislative sessions could end more “disastrously” for the company. “We wanted to control our own destiny,” he said. “

 

 

     It never ceases to amaze us that the politicians always seem to believe that they operate in a vacuum , that there is no alternative save to do as they command , even while the market continues to demonstrate endlessly that foolish , naive , “feel good” legislation comes with a price tag … that of lost jobs , lost revenue and lost taxes . Good for Tennessee , good for Beretta …

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Is the Future of Conservatism?

 

 

 

 

” Lost in all the post-election analysis was a much larger and more cynically brilliant Obama us-and-them campaign that created the image of a shrinking, geriatric white male plutocratic establishment forced to give way to the new age of the diverse “other.” Affluent Asians, blacks, Latinos, gays, women, etc., supposedly had beef with Republicans and were brilliantly united by Obama in vague resentment against “them.”

In this regard, Republicans have to focus on a more populist approach that ensures their message of smaller government, lower taxes, a strong defense, and more freedom appeals to those on the receiving end of government largesse. Free-market conservatives do best when they appear naturally as part of the working or small-business class and can’t be caricatured as elevator-owning grandees–and when they mix it up and take their licks in trying to appeal to those who probably won’t vote for them. ”

 

 

 

NarrativeFail 

Allahpundit

  “Via Greg Hengler, we’re late to this but it’s still a must-post, simply because it’s one of the great
narrative derailments you’ll ever see on cable. If ever there was a dynamic primed for a gun
control cri de coeur, it’s DNC TV nudging a relative of one of the shooting victims while he’s
still grieving. No one would have faulted him for responding emotionally; instead, he came back
at them with this. His composure and insistence on sticking to principle under the circumstances
are remarkable. “

What Barry Goldwater said nearly 50 years ago and was pilloried for has never rung more true than today . 

Barry Goldwater shocked the nation’s political class, and is said to have thrown away his chances at winning the 1964 election, with his infamous line that “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the defense of justice is no virtue.” ”

He was right then and he is right now . This goes right along with some comments Dick Lugar made in his sanctimonious , sort of , concession speech on the heels of his trouncing by Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock . 

Lugar lectured :   “If Mr. Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington. He and I share many positions, but his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate. In effect, what he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party. His answer to the inevitable roadblocks he will encounter in Congress is merely to campaign for more Republicans who embrace the same partisan outlook. ”

This avowed need to reach across the aisle that is so often spoken of as a necessity for political progress by the “Old Media” , progressives , certain old timers of the GOP establishment (read: Rinosaurs ) and the punditocracy would make some sense if it was a truly bipartisan obligation . However , that is not the case . It seems that bipartisanship and compromise are only required of the right side of the aisle . When the Left sticks to their guns , which is nearly always , they are principled but if the right shows a bit of backbone they are obstructionist and unco-operative . This widespread meme has served the Left mightily over the years with the help of the bootlick media and has accomplished the near total emasculation of the GOP . The idea of it has become so ingrained that when that rarest of  birds , the principled , courageous Republican dares speak sense , they are denounced not just by the Leftist propogandists of the media and their masters on the left , but even by the ruling class of the GOP.

  This ” go along to get along ” attitude is exactly why the Left has managed to completely dominate the narrative over the course of the past 4-5 decades . This is why the Tea Party is heaped with scorn from all sides including their  alleged kindred spirits on the right .

Enough of bipartisanship and compromise . That only leads to more progressivism , more debt , more regulation , more taxes …. MORE GOVERNMENT . Term limits now , ONE AND DONE . No Rinosaurs .