There’s a region in the east known as New England’s Gun Valley where gun manufacturers have been make hunting rifles, shotguns and weapons for the military. Gun Valley has been under fire in recent years and anti-gun politicians are trying to put the clamps on manufacturers and access to the products they manufacture.
Brainerd has just experienced the closing of its Wausau Paper mill. Hundreds have lost their jobs. Many of these local folks will either scramble to find other work or leave the area in pursuit of employment elsewhere in the state or nation.
Perhaps it’s time to roll out the red carpet for these gun manufacturers in New England and suggest they come to the Brainerd lakes area where we are not hostile toward the manufacture of hunting rifles, shotguns or even assault rifles and pistols used by our military.
Manufacturers such as Colt, Charter Arms, Ruger, Kimber, Smith & Wesson, Henry Rifles, Remington Arms Company, Mossberg, Stag Arms, and Ithaca are just a few of the companies that might find this neck of the woods a bit more friendly than New York, Connecticut or New Jersey.
There are a host of other manufacturers that could join the few that make guns in our area.
How do we go about getting these companies to consider relocating to the friendlier confines of the lakes region? Ask them to consider us. Yes, it is most traditional for our elected leaders to begin contacting such candidates, but there’s nothing that says a letter campaign from those folks who’ve been laid off at Wausau Paper mill can’t appeal to these companies. Who knows, perhaps our leaders will take note and lead.
This area has talented individuals such as engineers, machinists and others who are more than willing to fill support positions in any company that might choose to locate in the industrial parks that dot our countryside or, perhaps take over an idle paper mill.
We can decide to do nothing, or we can initiate the contact with some or all of the gun manufacturers who are facing a negative environment in New England.