by Max Brantley
Good way to distract attention from unhappiness over House Speaker Davy Carter's failure to move expeditiously enough for some Republicans on the House vote to legalize vote suppression (voter ID) in Arkansas by overriding Gov. Mike Beebe's veto.
Wave a gun around.
You can't go wrong demagoguing guns in Arkansas, judging by the current session. And the speaker speaks nothing but the truth in inviting a couple of gunmakers looking for gun-friendly states as manufacturing sites because of gun control legislation where they currently operte to look at Arkansas. Whadya bet a taxpayer handout to a gunmaker wouldn't get NEARLY the scrutiny being given a proposed steel mill with 500 $70,000-a-year jobs? House news release:
Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter recently sent the attached letters. The first letter is addressed to the Chief Operating Officer of Beretta based in Maryland. The second letter is addressed to the Chief Operating Officer of Magpul Industries based in Colorado.
While he waits to hear back from Mr. Biondi and Mr. Fitzpatrick, he is providing members of the media with copies of the invitation to visit Arkansas.
Speaker Carter will answer any questions regarding the letters at his daily briefing upon adjournment.
Wouldn't it be nice if a speaker could write a letter saying, "I understand your industry wants to locate in a state with the nation's best higher education; chart-busting high school test scores; a proven record of public investment, through a progressive tax structure, in infrastructure including public transit and cultural institutions, and a proven warmth toward diversity in race, religion, gender and sexual orientation. Arkansas is the place for you."
To say, "We love guns," somehow isn't quite so uplifting. (Also, as others have noted, how you going to compete with Texas, among others already making this same pitch?)
The Beretta letter is shown below. The letter to Magpul is identical.