Firearm manufacturer Smith & Wesson faced backlash Monday, as many Leftists tried to cancel their CEO, Mark Smith, for claiming gun violence is substantially connected to politics — specifically soft-on-crime prosecutors. But Mark wasn’t going down without a fight.
In a statement titled “Smith & Wesson CEO Issues Strong Statement in the Face of 2nd Amendment Attacks,” Smith published the following set of remarks in response to critics.
“A number of politicians and their lobbying partners in the media have recently sought to disparage Smith & Wesson.” Smith writes.
“Some have had the audacity to suggest that after they have vilified, undermined and defunded law enforcement for years, supported prosecutors who refuse to hold criminals accountable for their actions, overseen the decay of our country’s mental health infrastructure, and generally promoted a culture of lawlessness, Smith & Wesson and other firearm manufacturers are somehow responsible for the crime wave that has predictably resulted from these destructive policies.”
“But they are the ones to blame for the surge in violence and lawlessness, and they seek to avoid any responsibility for the crisis of violence they have created by attempting to shift the blame to Smith & Wesson, other firearm manufacturers and law-abiding gun owners.” Smith argues.
These are potent remarks. And they get better. Smith adds:
“It is no surprise that the cities suffering most from violent crime are the very same cities that have promoted irresponsible, soft-on-crime policies that often treat criminals as victims and victims as criminals… To be clear, a Smith & Wesson firearm has never broken into a home; a Smith & Wesson firearm has never assaulted a woman out for a late-night run in the city; a Smith & Wesson firearm has never carjacked an unsuspecting driver stopped at a traffic light.”
The CEO ends by reminding the media that “Smith & Wesson provides these citizens with the means to protect themselves and their families.”
This response angered Democrat Politicians, including Rep Carolynn Maloney (D-NY), who was furious Smith wouldn’t testify before her House oversight committee. Maloney told CNBC:
“The CEO of Smith & Wesson refused to testify before my Committee and face the families who’ve lost a loved one because of his company’s weapons of war. The Committee will not permit Smith & Wesson to dodge accountability or obscure the gun industry’s role in fueling our nation’s gun violence epidemic.”
Smith stands with the American public at large. We the people cherish our Second Amendment rights and we will never surrender them to the authoritarian Biden regime. Of course, we abhor gun violence. Nonetheless, we feel an inclusive look at all the issues leading up to gun violence — including corrupt DAs — is the best and most constitutional way forward for our great nation. We must walk together in unity, with respect for our founding principles. An America without the Second Amendment is no America.