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Re “Smith & Wesson moving headquarters out of Mass.: Cites proposed gun laws for shift; legislators point to cheaper labor in Tenn.” (Page A1, Oct. 1): I was not surprised to learn that Smith & Wesson was leaving Massachusetts for Tennessee. It seemed only a matter of time before the firm followed other gun companies south chasing the gun culture for acceptance.

© The Boston Globe Gun parts are seen in the assembly area at the Smith & Wesson manufacturing plant in Springfield in this Dec. 21, 2010, file photo.

While the loss of jobs at the company’s headquarters in Springfield are unfortunate and painful, Smith & Wesson represents the tired old economy Massachusetts left behind (akin to North Carolina having tied its future to tobacco and Kentucky to coal).

Massachusetts today represents the best of what a 21st-century world-class economy looks like. It has a highly diversified, knowledge-based economy leading the world in biotechnology, software, artificial intelligence, robotics, and clean energy, as well as education, financial services, health care, and specialized high-tech manufacturing.

Massachusetts is building for a better future, not looking backward and capitalizing on death and heartache. I agree with John Rosenthal, of the group Stop Handgun Violence, who says, “Good riddance.”

Dave Partyka


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