Way way back then when the world was in Black & White and people wore togas, King Pyrrhus had it on against the Romans in battle and won. But the win was basically that the Romans had no soldiers left and King Pyrrhus had about 5 still standing somewhat and not in the greatest of shape. Seeing this, legend tell us that the Monarch uttered “If I win like this again, I’ll be royally screwed” or words to that effect. And he was right, at the next confrontation he got his butt kicked back home in a chariot. Ever since the term Pyrrhic victory denotes a battle won that will lead to losing the war.
Maryland enacted a whole bunch of gun control legislation and State Gun Control advocates are dancing for joy. As they jig and tap, Beretta USA announces they are leaving the State alongside 400 jobs, $31 million in taxes and investments over $73 million. Besides producing guns for the Civilian Market, Beretta is also fulfilling a contract for the U.S. Military for the M9 sidearm and if I recall correctly, it was for 500,000 units. That means a steady income from both sides of the fence that Maryland legislators just sent to another state thanks to legislation that will do zilch in curbing violence.
Of course that means that the Maryland Legislature will have to make up for loss revenue (both the one from Beretta and the indirect from the business servicing the company and employees) and be ready to take those people who were benefiting on Beretta’s work and that will now be enjoying unemployment benefits and assorted welfare. I guess taxes will be raised to make up for the difference.
Elections have consequences.