CO Rep. Paul Rosenthal: “Magpul Can Stay if it Wants To”

Here’s an email exchange between reader Joseph D. and Colorado Rep. Paul Rosenthal, a Denver Democrat, who’s less than sympathetic to what the Centennial State legislature’s new civilian disarmament measures will do to Magpul’s cost structure. And who knew veterans’ pensions and VA salaries were so generous?

On Feb 17, 2013, at 12:50 PM, Joseph D <xxxx@gmail.com> wrote:

I am disgusted at your political games driving Colorado jobs out of state. Unless you have less intelligence then I credit you for, you know this bill will not stand the test of time. But the loss of Colorado jobs will be permanent . . .

Unlike those bussed in to support the bill I am not a lobbyist. I am a Colorado voter, I have never voted republican in my life, but I will 2014. Colorado has millions of servicemen and they have families, and I don’t think your record on treating veterans will be forgotten.

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On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 12:53 PM, Paul Rosenthal ‪<paulrosenthal5280@gmail.com>‬ wrote:

Hi Joseph,

I am bewildered since I have no idea how this relates to targeting veterans. Quite the opposite, there are so many pro-veteran bills this session.

Regards,

Rep. Rosenthal (D-Denver)

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On Feb 17, 2013, at 12:56 PM, Joseph D <xxxx@gmail.com> wrote:

If you are unaware magpul is a veteran run company I am frankly amazed at how poorly informed you are on the issues. Again I say shame on you

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On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM, Paul Rosenthal ‪<paulrosenthal5280@gmail.com>‬ wrote:

Hi Joseph,

Thanks for your email. I fail to see how Magpul relates to veterans.  My Air Force retiree brother makes out like a bandit, with a pension plus his salary from the VA.  He doesn’t own a gun, and he seems pretty happy.

Regards, Paul

Sent from my iPad

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On Feb 17, 2013, at 1:06 PM, Joseph D <xxxx@gmail.com> wrote:

As you don’t get it I will explain. Magpul is run by Richard Fitzpatrick, a veteran who chose to come to Colorado and started a company that employs hundreds. And HB1224 is bullying him, and his company out of state.

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On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 1:10 PM, Paul Rosenthal ‪<paulrosenthal5280@gmail.com>‬ wrote:

Hi Joseph,

Magpul can stay if it wants to.

Thanks, Rep. Rosenthal

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On Feb 17, 2013, at 1:21 PM, Joseph D <xxxx@gmail.com> wrote:

Not under the conditions laid out. Individually serial numbering a mass produced product will make them uncompetitive. and no one has addressed the transportation across state of their product. Not to mention the prospect of the next idiotic idea, were I them I would not want to remain in Colorado.

Now you may think the “oops” amendment technicality lets you off the hook, but your comments on “veterans making out like bandits” shows your true feelings.

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On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM, Paul Rosenthal ‪<paulrosenthal5280@gmail.com>‬ wrote:

Hi Joseph,

My brother does well regardless of the bills we are passing.  My true feelings about veterans is that we are passing a whole bundle of laws helping them. Anything we passed about guns is irrelevant to them.

I disagree with you about Magpul.  They can still sell their product just fine.

Regards,

Rep. Rosenthal

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On Feb 17, 2013 1:32 PM, Joseph D <xxxx@gmail.com> wrote:

wow, I remain amazed. But if you let comments like “veterans making out like bandits” in a public email and don’t see the impact on future campaigns maybe I credit you too much. Clearly you are not as adept at politics as I thought you might be. Friendly advice, close your mouth before you put your foot deeper into it.

Regards