Remington factory Ilion, New York
Remington Arms Company in Ilion, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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By Bob Kingsley

On March 23, 2020, Remington Arms Co. CEO Ken D’Arcy wrote a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, offering Remington’s services in the effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

While Governor Cuomo was declaring Remington a “non-essential” business, causing the Ilion, New York plant to shutter its operations and lay off workers for at least a month, President Trump was refining his executive orders specifically to include the firearms industry as “essential, critical infra-structure.”

No matter. This did not dissuade D’Arcy from wanting to donate, to the state and the nation, the services of the oldest firearms manufacturer in the country.

Here are excerpts from D’Arcy’s letter:

“The Remington plant in Ilion now has approximately one million square feet of unused and available manufacturing space.  We would be honored to donate our facility to the production of ventilators, surgical masks, hospital beds or any other products mission-critical to the war on corona virus.  Ventilators are essential to winning this new kind of war and Remington stands ready to enlist in wartime production. . . Remington products have served in every U.S. military conflict for 200 years. And while the corona virus is a new type of war, we’re not sitting this one out. . . [W]e’re standing by ready, willing and able to support in any way we can.  It would be an honor for our company to donate space for the manufacture of mission-critical products, such as the production of ventilators, surgical masks, hospital beds or any other products deemed necessary.”

While Governor Cuomo is all over the media, literally begging for help every day, the letter from Remington has gone unanswered. More alarmingly, nary a peep from the mainstream media about the obvious question. Let me frame it for anyone in the media pool of Cuomo sycophants who might bring themselves to ask it:

“Governor Cuomo, over two weeks ago, Ken D’Arcy, the CEO of Remington, the oldest firearms manufacturer in the country, headquartered in New York, offered to donate a million square feet of their manufacturing space and said, quote: ‘We’re standing ready, willing and able to support in any way we can.’ As of today, sir, you have failed even to respond to Remington, yet you’re continually begging for help while Remington is begging to help. Can you tell us why you have ignored their offer?”

Here we are, 17 days out from D’Arcy’s letter and the media remains silent on this tragic absurdity. It is colluding with Cuomo in his bigotry that “people like that have no place in New York.”

If you had any doubt about the media and its anti-firearms agenda, this example should prove the depth of its antagonism. Fake news isn’t just purposeful misinformation. It is also failing to do the job of holding the powerful to account.

It is criminal to deny help for New Yorkers based on vitriolic, personal sentiment. But like too many rulers, Andrew Cuomo does first what promotes his political future, and last what is right for the people he was elected to serve.


Bob Kingsley is a private investigator and writer from New York. He is a Life Member of the NRA, a certified handgun instructor and an educator for the program, “Refuse to be a Victim.” He blogs at

This article was originally published at and is reprinted here with permission. 

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  1. Gives a whole new meaning to the old proverb, “pride goeth before a fall”. Arrogant clown!

    • Arrogant Jack Ass more like it. However he was telling New Yorkers to go out and party and mix and mingle after hearing the warnings about Coronavirus. This man is a total snake and hates Trump so anything he does including killing fellow New Yorkers for his agenda does not surprise me.

  2. The media is too preoccupied with their latest take down Trump operation to be bothered with anything else. If the question isn’t about making the Trump admin look bad, then it isn’t worth asking.

    • The MSM will never speak Ill of Cuomo. They are setting him up to be the great Savior of the Democrat Party. They as well as the Democrat leadership Know Sleep Joe doesn’t stand a chance against Trump. They will find a way for Joe to step aside at the 11th hour. Most likely for obvious health concerns. Opening the door for Cuomo to step up. He has become their Media darling by showing his daily press conferences and feeding on his every word. As if it were gospel. Nothing he says or does is construed to be incorrect. When asked yesterday. How confident he was in the Federal response to the pandemic? He answered with a wry smile. “Not very confident”. Even though he relied on the Trump administration to bail his sorry ass out of a crisis. Partially of his own making. Since his own commission recommended in 2016 buying 16,000 ventilators due to a shortage. In case of a pandemic. Make NO mistake…He is more than willing to accept the nomination. Regardless of what he has said in the past. Be safe out there Maintain OP SEC and as always Keep your Powder Dry.

      • Fox News seems to be championing him to run against Trump. They show Cuomo’s press briefings every day, but don’t always show Trumps.

        • Not sure what planet You’re on. I watch the Trump Chinese Virus Task Force briefing every day. MSDNC is the only one I’ve noticed not carrying it. CNN carries it because they need the ratings.

  3. God bless Remington. Now when the rest of the world finally realizes that Covid19 was a Chinese bioweapon, it’ll be a different type of war. This is not a coincidence. There’s always an angle. It’s economic superiority for global dominance. This is war on multiple fronts. NORAD is in hustle mode. We ain’t seen nothing yet.

  4. Remington should have left Ilion long ago. Plenty of states that would have welcomed them and given them all kinds of tax breaks to get them including my state where Remy’s HQ is now.

    • After the restrictions are relaxed companies like Remington, Smith & Wesson, Colt and Mossberg need to leave the liberal bastions they are in and move all operations to solid red states.

    • Remington,

      Please come to Texas, we love you and will respect you as long as you make a good gun for a fair price. By the way, I loved the old 700 ADL’s with the Monte Carlo stocks. Went out and bought one when I turned 18. 270 Win, what a gun. 5 hots at 200 yards coved with a quarter with room left over. Put a many a meal on the table. Nothing taste better than a deer you shot yourself.

  5. Cuomo needs to explain this:
    California, Texas, and Florida all have more people living in them than NY,
    NY Deaths 6269
    California Deaths 507
    Texas Deaths 193
    Florida Deaths 323

    • It has to do with population density, not total numbers. Crowding in for the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival probably didn’t help matters.

      • and being face to face on subways and buses (liberals love public transportation) has also greatly increased the infection rate

        • That’s true! Public transportation is a way of life for them. There’s really no way around it. Wearing masks and gloves daily will become a way of life for them now.

        • Yeah, there was an NY doc who talked about the heat map of cases and how it basically was a map of subway and train stations.

        • I have never understood why some people love cities. Every time I go to one (and, alas, I’ve been to a lot of them, all around the world), I find myself baffled. Cities are awful: dirty, crowded, dangerous, ugly. Being in cities is awful, and the people in cities eventually wind up thinking the whole world is the same. No wonder liberals are always so miserable…

        • NYC is going to look like Beijing, with the populace walking around wearing masks and rubber gloves, when the nanny State allows the citizens out to play.

  6. Cuomo=satan. Pretty simple. And he has no appeal outside of NY. Unlike Saint Donald!

  7. Cuomo I so wrong for not accepting the help. It’s going to be gun owners against non gun owners. Who’s going to win?

  8. Supreme court ruling recently cited by federal appeals court:

    “Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court upheld the authority of states to enforce compulsory vaccination laws. The Court’s decision articulated the view that the freedom of the individual must sometimes be subordinated to the common welfare and is subject to the police power of the state.”

    • “sometimes”

      Pretty ambiguous word right there. They will remove that from their decisions.
      Another word they like to use is Should. Should gives way to Will eventually when it comes to other people and their money.

  9. It is somewhat comforting to know that leftist will rather die than accept help from their ideological enemy. Pair that their seeming inability to lift a finger to accomplish anything for themselves and you see the roadmap to their extinction laid out.

    • Sad but true. I feel for them and at the same time want to say hurry hurry let it happen. At least then the rest of us could enjoy a better life.

  10. But like too many rulers, Andrew Cuomo does first what promotes his political future, and last what is right for the people he was elected to serve.

    Or, rulers like Andrew Cuomo promote what is best for us (in their enlightened opinions), happily accepting collateral damage in exchange for the “greater good” on the road to Utopia.

    Remember, you have to crack eggs to make a wonderful omelette. A few (thousand) New York residents dying in order to expand Progressive power and control and help usher in Progressive Utopia is well worth the cost.

      • They’d sacrifice everyone in the plant to rule over the ashes. Even though they die after a week anyway.

  11. The Cuomo clan is nothing more than despicable mobsters out for their own self interests. Don Cuomo is waving the Wuhan flu deaths like a bloody flag. He graciously alloed HCOQ to be used in His State to save lives. They squandered billions of dollars on green job failures and ignored the common folk at the same time. They named the tappan Zee replacement bridge after Uncle Mario and its fitting that an expensive bridge out of NY would be named Cuomo.

    It’s becoming more clear the democrats are trying to turn the US into Venezuela complete with martial law eventually. They want a high body count for political advantage and the destruction of wealth on a grand scale so we all come begging on our knees for Joe Biden to save us all. They will absolutely sacrifice every job and dollar to get power. We are already in a police state in many locations. Look at the fines they levy against people by themselves outside in CA. I guess that’s a way to replace tax revenue. Roadblocks looking for out of state tags. Door to door searches for people with out of state ID.

    The exodus out of NY CA, and NJ will accelerate like a rocket after this. I just hope the refugees learned something for a change.

    • I’m already sharing my tree with squirrels, bee’s, and blue jays, there is no room here…. Perhaps the humans in shit states should get rid of the shitbirds.

  12. If you had blooming onion and his cash in back of you… I know I would never sell my soul or my guns for blooming onion but cumo has the need for greed if you think your state sucks try the rotten apple!!!!

  13. If my possum memory serves me correct, I’m pretty sure I remember Prez Trump in the beginning stating he did not want to over saturated the market with ventilators creating a surplus.(less means more money) .Politicians are the masters of the double tingues.

  14. You ignorant, uneducated and broke ass clowns can worship your lying fat orange slug of a leader for 7 more months and then that vile creature will be GONE. Thank God!!

    • You’re going to be very, very disappointed in 7 months time. But don’t worry, Trump will be out of office by January, 2025.

      • They will outperform and help our country better than any democRAT will. Of the two parties we have the RepubliCANS and the democRATS. Take notice of the last four letters of both parties. That will sum it up. The lying, corrupt, power hungry democRATS only want the people to be totally dependent on their government for everything. That way they will have their total control over us. They try promising us all the FREE benefits like healthcare called Medicare for All , free education K-college, free this, free that, all funded by the government. Have any of you liberal dunces ever stopped to think HOW and by WHO the government is funded? Apparently not. NOTHING if free by a long shot. Just try to imagine, if you can, EVERY person in the United States of America, citizen or not, being on Medicare. How much would that cost the government, not to mention you? The government says all the time now how expensive Medicare is to manage with only a fraction of the people depending on it for healthcare now. Anyone with health problems on Medicare would be bankrupt in no time if they didn’t have another insurance plan (private plan) to go with it. I know because I’ve been on Medicare for several years now and the costs for it keep going up, up, and up some more. When us people on Social Security or Disability manage to get a tiny cost of living raise, the Medicare premium goes up to take most of our raise back automatically. What a bummer. Now, back to the article. Remington’s Ilion, New York plant offers a million square feet of it’s manufacturing facility to use for manufacturing needed items for the Covid-19 pandemic, but Cuomo can’t get past his gun control agenda or phobia to allow gun maker, Remington to help and contribute to defeating this disease. This just shows America how deranged and demented this guy truly is.

    • Vlad trying to check back in with a new nom de plume?
      Same old condescending smugness.
      I keep warning you to put down the crack pipe. Will you listen? No! Your leftist upbringing won’t let you follow healthy advice.

    • OK, when the election returns come in, stand apart from everyone. People don’t want to get splattered when your head explodes.

  15. As I said before on TTAG the governor is trying to destroy the firearms company Remington. He doesn’t care about the thousands of employees. He doesn’t care about the economic impact about the loss of manufacturing in that part of New York State at all.

    During the Vietnam war the Mattel toy company was manufacturing M16 rifles. I know because I held one in my hands on Fort Campbell Kentucky in the 1980s. It had the Mattel logo stamped on the side of the magazine well.

    Companies like Remington can switch to manufacturing almost anything in a very short period of time. It was done during World War II and it could be done again. But the governor
    Who said “America was never great”, wants them to go broke.

    You deserve the government you get when you vote for it. And if you didn’t vote, you still voted. That goes for any part of the United States.

      • BTW
        I don’t remember the New York congressman’s name. It’s a weird name I can’t even pronounce it. But the F-14 Tomcat was built in his district. He was very anti-military. And worked to cut the military budget. But he always made sure the F-14 got the money it needed to keep the production line open. In fact he had more airplanes built than the Navy actually requested.

        The times have certainly changed in New York state.

    • “During the Vietnam war the Mattel toy company was manufacturing M16 rifles. I know because I held one in my hands on Fort Campbell Kentucky in the 1980s. It had the Mattel logo stamped on the side of the magazine well. ”

      WHY would anyone spread such dumbassery? Mattel made M16 parts.

      They make a toy replica though that that today would give Cuomo/etc the vapors.

      • It seems you don’t know firearms very well. That’s ok. When the Mattel name is on the side of the magazine well. As I stated. And you acknowledge that! That is also on the lower receiver. That’s called the firearm.
        If your using Snopes as a fact check source. Stop. Just stop using snopes. They are wrong often. They edit out facts to fit their Leftist civil disarmament agenda.

        Or do you read AND believe the Trace???

      • I’m calling BS. Ian at Forgotten Weapons would have shown one on his site by now. MikeB also calls BS on this. Until there is a photo or part appearing I’m putting the Mattel M16 into urban myth category.

  16. Cuomo is a hypocritical bigot that has no place in New York. Why the people of NY elected him just shows how much the people have sunk…

  17. We really should root for NYC to overcome this politician-made disaster as quickly as possible. Do you really want any of the current coven of New Yorkers moving to your state or town? They’ll bring their politics with them.

    I left NYC almost 40 years ago and it was the best thing I ever did. 40 years of indoctrination has created two generations of New York idiots. Root for them to stay home.

  18. Is anyone really surprised?
    It is too bad this information could not be disseminated far and wide.
    It is easy to know THAT will never happen.

  19. In other news:

    “The governor announced Friday he’d signed bills that include requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, a red flag bill to allow authorities to temporarily take guns away from people deemed to be dangerous to themselves or others, and limited handgun purchases to one a month.”

  20. D’Arcy

    To hell with that idiot prog Cuomo. Send your letter to:

    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    WHO do you run a factory that has a MILLION ft2 sitting doing NOTHING?

  21. That’s the beauty thing about virtue signaling, you get the credit and other people pay the price.

  22. I copy pasted the question and sent it to fredo.

    Governor Cuomo, over two weeks ago, Ken D’Arcy, the CEO of Remington, the oldest firearms manufacturer in the country, headquartered in New York, offered to donate a million square feet of their manufacturing space and said, quote: ‘We’re standing ready, willing and able to support in any way we can.’ As of today, sir, you have failed even to respond to Remington, yet you’re continually begging for help while Remington is begging to help. Can you tell us why you have ignored their offer?

    you can do it as well

  23. The media establishment is far beyond failing to hold the powerful to account. They are actively helping the powerful to place the boot on our necks — and telling them to stomp harder.

  24. coumo is a corrupt career politician with plenty of questionable baggage. He, like N.Y senator schumer, will do or say anything to promote their political agenda and/or secure votes. He was elected only because of the inner city votes. Upstate New York and Long Island do not and will not vote for this criminal thug. In 2019 coumo with help of schumer passed the “Red Flag” law in New York. However, in March 2020 when schumer threaten two sitting supreme court justices coumo did not Red Flag him and remove his handgun/weapons. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts stated that schumer’s threats were “dangerous and irresponsible”. schumer should be held accountable for his threats. Hello, coumo are you there. Remington Arms offered to help produce ventilators and masks but coumo refused their help. Obviously coumo’s private political agenda is more important than human lives.

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