Magpul Fascists On The Prowl

By Bradley Harrington

Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone.” – Frederic Bastiat, “The Law,” 1850 -

So, Magpul Industries of Erie, Colorado, a company which manufactures firearms accessories, is relocating to Cheyenne, thanks to the dumb gun laws our Colorado comrades insist on passing.

On the face of it, good news. Who doesn’t want a company to move here and bring jobs and wealth with them?

And it should go without saying that I am a strong proponent of the right to keep and bear arms as well – for I believe that passing laws limiting the amount of rounds a magazine can have, as Colorado has done, makes about as much sense as passing laws limiting the number of pages a book can have.

We’d all recognize the abolition of our 1st Amendment rights in the latter case – but when it comes to our 2nd Amendment rights in the former, all such common sense considerations vanish, and what we are left with is an intellectually disarmed population well on the way to become physically disarmed as well. So I can certainly sympathize with Magpul’s desire to flee such intrusive legislation.

I’m afraid, however, that things aren’t quite that simple – for Magpul will receive a chunk of government largess in order to subsidize that move: “The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board approved a $13 million grant… to help a company that makes magazines and other gun accessories move to Cheyenne.” (“Grant Clears Way for Firearms Firm,” WTE, Feb 7.)

Nor does the subsidy stop there, for the public-trough-feeding hits just keep on comin’: “The state and local investment in the relocation effort will reach about $17 million over 20 years.”

Nor was this “grant” a move advocated solely by the SLIB; it took place in the context of a huge round of hands-laying from the Wyoming Business Council, Laramie County Commission and Cheyenne LEADS as well, exactly none of whom seem to be aware of the collectivist, economy-destroying implications of their blessings and actions.

And let’s just forget about the fact that, economically speaking, an “investment” is the infusion of private capital into the marketplace, and that applying that term to forcefully-looted, taxpayer-funded corporate welfare schemes constitutes philosophical equivocation at best. If that’s not bad enough for you, just consider some of these other jewels:

Magpul brings a manufacturing component to the state that it does not have in abundance.” (Bob Jensen, Wyoming Business Council.) Or: Magpul will “provide economic diversity for the state.” (Max Maxfield, Secretary of State.) And the biggest whopper of them all? “At the end of the day… This is what grows our economy.” (Matt Mead, Governor.)

Really, Mr. Mead? “Growth” is the product of newly-created wealth – not a coercive shift of wealth from the taxpayers who created it to the parasites lined up to plunder it. Did it ever occur to you to ask what your taxpayers would have done with that wealth had it been left in their hands? And doesn’t the loss of those investments at least equal, if not exceed, the (alleged) benefits you believe are derived from handing it to those who didn’t earn it instead?

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what passes for intellectual acumen, political “leadership” and “economic development” today – and it is precisely this idea that government can ever “create” anything in the marketplace that needs to be challenged. It can’t, for government only has what it takes from others first.

Nor, ethically and politically, should such actions ever even be desirable, for government-mandated “economic development” qualifies as fascism (as opposed to socialism, where the properties in question are outright seized by the State).

No, if you want to talk “investment,” “returns” and “growth” – and what actually works in the real world – well, then you’re talking about capitalism, a social system which, historically, has produced more investments, returns and growth than all the rest of the collectivist systems combined.

And isn’t it revealing that Magpul seeks to escape the regulatory clutches of one state – while funding its escape through the regulatory clutches of another? There’s a word for such an action: Hypocrisy. You people need to come on your own dime or don’t come at all.

Bradley Harrington is a computer technician and a writer who lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming; he can be reached at

About MamaLiberty

As a lifelong individualist and voluntarist, my philosophy can best be summarized here: No human being has the right -- under any circumstances -- to initiate force against another human being, nor to threaten or delegate its initiation. Self defense, and the defense of others, is a basic right of all living creatures. After a long career as a registered nurse in So. Calif, I retired in 2005 to NE Wyoming, living alone in my own log home, with good friends and neighbors all around. Biological family includes two grown sons and five grandchildren, unfortunately still in California. In addition to writing and editing, I garden, sew, cook and bake my own bread from home ground wheat and other grains. Hobbies include identification and cultivation of wild food and herbs. I am also a certified instructor for firearms and self defense. I carry a gun at all times.
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2 Responses to Magpul Fascists On The Prowl

  1. Paul Bonneau says:

    Well, I don’t know if it makes sense to be whacking Magpul too much for this. This “economic development” AKA “internal improvements” crap is epidemic. Are there any companies at all that refrain from taking it? If there were, are they not putting themselves at economic disadvantage from all the rest?

    Let’s not forget who created this ugly environment: the fascists in state governments. Even worse, the Wyoming Constitution has a specific prohibition of internal improvements (not that constitutions ever got in their way). That font of corruption, the Wyoming (anti-)Business Council are the evil bastards here – along with the so-called conservative Republicans in the legislature that created this beast not so long ago. Now we are stuck with it until the next Revolution.

    • MamaLiberty says:

      Aye, indeed. But that hardly excuses Magpul in the end.

      Far too many “gun rights” groups and individuals seem to be very happy to go along with the controllers, cheer on the “mental health” stealth prohibition and almost anything else, just as long as THEIR gun is “grandfathered” in somehow. It’s ok if someone else’s guns are confiscated. Far too few people looking at the big picture here.

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