Spike’s Tactical and Pipe Hitters Union are under fire this week for an anti-Antifa ad they launched on social media.
In an article titled, “‘Not Today Antifa’: Gun Company Ad Threatens Leftists with Assault Rifles,” Newsweek criticized the popular AR manufacturer and apparel provider, claiming the companies were promoting violence against the Left and dog-whistling to white supremacists.
Both companies responded to those claims in a press release Tuesday.
“Our advertisement, NOT TODAY ANTIFA, is meant to be pro-American and against those who would suppress freedom of speech and the rest of our constitutionally protected rights, including the right to bear arms,” said Kit Cope, spokesman for Spike’s Tactical, the Florida-based AR maker.
“We offer zero apologies to anyone that is offended by this advertisement that depicts armed, but peaceful, patriotic Americans standing up against socialist, anarchist and communist rioters,” Cope continued.
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“We had no idea this ad would become so controversial, but let me be very clear about one point – We are not and do not support Nazis or any white supremacist movement in any shape or form,” said Lincoln A. Osiris, president of Pipe Hitters Union, the Texas-based apparel company.
“Every year we do a centerfold ad together with Spike’s Tactical for SHOT Show, and this year, after the rioting in several cities throughout the U.S., we decided to address those who are anti-American, anti-government and anti-democracy in our advertisement,” he added. “We believe that anyone who supports this great nation, the Constitution and our democratic republic supports our stance.”
Spike’s Tactical and Pipe Hitters Union went on to say that they don’t support violence unless it’s lawful self-defense. Moreover, that their products are available to all Americans, not just those who support their politics.
“We would never advocate violence, unless it is in the form of self-defense,” said Cope. “And for the record, our rifles are available for sale to any responsible person who is legally allowed to own a firearm, regardless of how they register to vote.”
I’ll buy all of what’ Spike’s Tactical and Pipe Hitters Union are saying except for one thing. That they had no idea that the ad would “become so controversial.” I think that was the objective. To tweak the nose of the moonbats in the mainstream media with the hope that they would cover the story and both companies would get free press. Needless to say, it worked. Job well done fellas!
About Spike’s Tactical
Spike’s Tactical was founded the day before 9/11 by Mike and Angela Register and is headquartered in Apopka, Florida. The family-owned business employs around 40 people and all products are made exclusively in the USA and assembled in Florida. Spike’s Tactical is regarded as one of the premier AR-15 manufacturers in the world. Their mission is to build the highest quality products and offer them at the best possible price to the consumer. Spike’s Tactical weapons are designed to military specifications for civilian, law enforcement and military use. All products manufactured by Spike’s Tactical feature a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty.
About Pipe Hitters Union
Pipe Hitters Union is a disabled combat veteran-owned and operated small business, founded in 2004 and headquartered in Austin, Texas. PHU was founded by a small group of special operations combat veterans that shared a common belief in the unity of cause, the willingness to face extreme obstacles head on and the absolute refusal to backdown in the face of adversity. Since then, the message has spread to like-minded individuals from all professions and walks of life. Whether military, law enforcement or civilian, Pipe Hitters throughout the world are pushing their limits daily and making their mark. The PHU brand is a mark of distinction and a call for others to join us.