Smith & Wesson President & CEO Mark Smith issued a bold, fiery statement Monday. It pushed back at anti-gun politicians and media that blame gun companies for crime and violence. It further stated support for law enforcement, the 2nd Amendment and more.
Smith & Wesson CEO Statement
“A number of politicians and their lobbying partners in the media have recently sought to disparage Smith & Wesson,” Smith stated. “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.”
Gun owners know a simple truth: law-abiding citizens constitute the answer, not the problem. And gun control, where implemented the strongest, simply disarms the innocent. Criminals ignore these gun laws, making those communities drastically less safe.
“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,” Smith explained. “Many of these same cities also maintain the strictest gun laws in the nation. But rather than confront the failure of their policies, certain politicians have sought more laws restricting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, while simultaneously continuing to undermine our institutions of law and order. And to suppress the truth, some now seek to prohibit firearm manufacturers and supporters of the 2nd Amendment from advertising products in a manner designed to remind law-abiding citizens that they have a Constitutional right to bear arms in defense of themselves and their families.
Smith & Wesson on Crime
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. Instead, Smith & Wesson provides these citizens with the means to protect themselves and their families.”
Smith’s message echoes what should constitute an entire industry’s mantra. Private, legal gun ownership remains a patriotic, American way of life. And those institutions making those valued products should be celebrated, not vilified. Smith & Wesson vowed to keep working with law enforcement and our communities to help make them safer.
“We are proud of our 170-year history. We are proud of the commitment of our employees to making a quality product.” Smith continued: “We are proud to provide law-abiding citizens and law enforcement – our customers – with the tools to provide for their security and independence.”
Moreover, the company pledged its continued to support the 2nd Amendment. “We will continue informing law-abiding citizens that they have a Constitutionally-protected right.”
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Yes! Smith and S&W finally brings some fight, something missing in this industry, in this way, for some time. The left-leaning anti-gun politicians and the mainstream media will never stop. Gun control supporters want to come for your guns. The Biden administration continues its relentless attack on the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment. They will not stop.
So we must fight. We must be loud. We must educate and defend our way of life. Kudos to Smith & Wesson and Mark Smith. May you be the spark that lights a fire under this industry. Let’s bring the noise.