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Colt shuts plant, workers talk to Conn. lawmakers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The president of one of the nation's oldest gun manufacturers closed down his Connecticut factory Thursday morning and bused 400 of his workers to the state Capitol so they could personally urge lawmakers not to pass gun control legislation that they say could risk their livelihoods.

Dennis Veilleux, president of the Hartford-based Colt's Manufacturing Co., said even though he has spoken with legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's staff about his trepidations several times, he believes they don't truly understand the financial ramifications of the legislation being proposed in the wake of the deadly Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

State officials have listened to the concerns he and other Connecticut gun company officials have voiced, "but I would say it's more pacifying us," Veilleux said. That's why he decided to rent 10 buses and bring over his first shift workers, plus some second- and third-shift ones, and some suppliers.


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The majority of these people

The majority of these people have supported the same type of scumbags who have helped murder millions in other countries and you think some of the shit doesn't fly back atcha?

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good things is my religion. Thomas Paine, Godfather of the American Revolution

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Decision making time for Connecticut:

In the final analysis, it is the People of Connecticut who must stand up and fight this battle; we can only offer our opinion. They are the ones who elected these politicians, and they are the ones who can put an end to this unconstitutional legislation, one way or the other.

"Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
— Frederick Douglass, Aug. 4, 1857

Decision making time in CT

Yep, that's right. We made our decision. We are leaving. Can't handle CT anymore. No use, no time, no more energy fighting the bullshit here. We just bought an RV and are planning our escape from the Northeast.
We still have good friends fighting for CT. Not going to say it's a lost cause, but things are so snowballing it's time to look for life elsewhere.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

No offense

But clearly you are not from CT.

Dont have time to go into it now. Just look our governor. Elected basically by the three largest cities - all very welfare dependant.
Same with our new Senator - Murphy. The guy is a bum, Linda McMahon spent millions. Didn't matter. As long as you contol the welfare populations, and keep them all in centralized areas - you can't lose. Basically - whoever the Dems put up - is winning.
And they answer to the national party, not the people.

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Understand. No offense taken.

I'm originally from New Jersey, and it's just as bad there also. This grim situation was the reason for the Douglass quote. The time is rapidly approaching when we will be faced with three choices. Stay and fight, stay and do nothing while preparing for even more tyranny, or leave. I'm lucky to be living in Montana where the gun environment is a lot different. Our time is coming with the likes of Baucus and Tester supposedly "representing" us, but I don't think it will happen in Montana first.

Same way

McDonalds and Boing argue that without regulations, livelihood of their workers is at stake.

Our folks must understand that argument for guns should not be done to protect manufacturers, labor or any other special interest group rather than consumers (all of us.)


"What was that noise?"

"Don't worry. It's probably just a battery on fire."

I have to disagree

It certainly is appropriate for a business in a state to petition the state it functions in to do what is best for the company, with the caveat being that what is good for the company is good for the state. In this case it is.

Take boeing for example. It was Federal interloping that shot down the move to another state - not the state itself. That is completely differant than Colt holding the legistlature to their jobs- the well being of the state. It IS bad for CT if they leave. We have several arms manufacturers here(unforutnately,less than we used to) and we have a lot of unemployment and we also have a huge budget deficit. Are legislators are being irresponsible in their decision makings - some would say they are shooting themselves in the foot.

politicians dont understand


"He's this eccentric Ghandi-Like figure that you cant touch with the normal bribes that people respond to."
the man Doug Wead on DR. RON PAUL

Might I suggest Arizona?

Clearly we were meant to be together.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Come to Texas Colt!

Time to come where you are welcomed!

I agree. Shut it down and

I agree. Shut it down and move it out of state to show the criminals the level of seriousness.