Friday letters: Gun industry not welcome in S.C.

May 24, 2013 

— The S.C. House approved H.4059 to invite “out-of-state businesses involved in manufacturing of firearms and ammunition and accessories for firearms to consider locating or expanding their existing operations in South Carolina and to guarantee that South Carolina and South Carolinians will offer them a warm welcome.”

It notes that such businesses may want to relocate from states that are not as welcoming as South Carolina. Apparently that refers to Colorado, where 12 people were killed and 58 were wounded in a mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora last August, and to Connecticut, where 20 first graders and six educators were slaughtered in their elementary school in Newtown in December. In those two states, legislators have passed common-sense gun-control laws with bipartisan support.

Our representatives suggest that “South Carolinians look with dismay” and view them such actions as efforts “to marginalize the contributions made by the firearms and associated businesses and the people who work for them and those who patronize those businesses.”

They don’t explain what those “contributions” might be; nor do they consider any of the overwhelmingly tragic effects related to the potential misuse of guns.

They have not convinced me that I need to “appreciate the contributions” of firearm manufacturers or offer them a warm welcome to South Carolina.

Miriam Johnson

Columbia

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