Smith & Wesson CEO Calls Out Media, Politicians for Scapegoating Gun Industry

Smith & Wesson CEO Mark Smith is firing back at Left-leaning politicians and talking heads in the media who are scapegoating the gun industry for the recent spike in murders.  

“A number of politicians and their lobbying partners in the media have recently sought to disparage Smith & Wesson. 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,” Smith said in a statement released on Monday.  

“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,” he continued.

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In 2020, the country witnessed a historic spike in murders.  Compared to 2019, which averaged about 6 homicides per 100,000 people, there were 7.8 homicides per 100,000 people in 2020, according to Pew Research.  That’s a 30 percent jump year-over-year!

(Photo: Pew Research)

“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,” observed Smith.  

“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,” he continued.  

Mark Smith also made it clear that blame should be placed on the shoulders of the offender, not the gun itself.

“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,” wrote Smith.

Read the full statement below:

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  • Stephen Vadas, Ph.D. August 20, 2022, 6:48 am

    Thank you Mark Smith, President and CEO of S&W, for having the courage and stamina to stand up against these vicious destructive “politicians”, who are trying to tear down our beautiful country.

  • D.J. August 19, 2022, 3:51 pm

    If memory serves me correctly , several years ago S&W was
    “ on its knees “ servicing the government with “ smart guns “
    and weapon locks .

    Granted , it may have been submission by previous candy-
    asses in management , but I hope those “ chicken- shits “
    have retired with their fat severance pay , and adults have
    resumed control .

    • PilotBill August 20, 2022, 2:07 pm

      I believe, and it should be fact checked and probably should have myself, but I’m almost certain that S&W has completely different execs and certainly a different CEO than when they caved. Due to the very successful influence of 2A organizations that all but ran them out as traitors they have long since recanted and become a standup organization.

  • Ed August 19, 2022, 10:03 am

    Ok. Now lose the Hilary hole.

  • Dr Manaii Tane August 19, 2022, 9:17 am

    Open your eyes. You are missing the real reason. Most people are missing the actual reason politicians are trying the disarm us. There is an undeniable correlation between disarmed populations and widespread abuses of human rights. Consider any contemporary nation state with an ugly human rights record and you will also find a disarmed populace. Gun control leads to human rights abuses and enables them. Gun rights are a vaccine against human rights abuses from politicians. A gun is a mechanical way to level the playing field against a violent political threat with superior strength and numbers. As a history teacher with 35 years of teaching experience I know that the first thing revolutionaries and political tyrants do upon seizing power is to take away the public’s guns. History has taught us that when the people are disarmed, they are subjugated, enslaved to tyranny and totalitarianism. Arguments for self-defense fall on deaf politician’s ears. They do not care. The politician is after the ultimate control of the population – your life, your family, your religion, your money, your home, your food, your water, every aspect of your life. Most citizens had the “covid economic impact payment” deposited directly into their bank account – they can just as easily remove funds from your account. Just look to North Korea to see the future of the United States. Just use your head and picture the trend. Elected officials must encourage more law-abiding citizens to bear arms for personal protection and publicize lawful instances of self-defense to remind criminals that they are likely to meet armed resistance, and possible death, when they prey upon the innocent tax-paying American citizens.

  • Blue Dog (he/him) 🧢 August 16, 2022, 9:07 pm

    I hate to be that guy, but Rep Maloney is going into a pretty nasty primary against Jerry Nadler, one she will probably win. This is partly just election year posturing.

    • Hondo August 20, 2022, 11:11 am

      Jerry Nadler is a piece of shit, at least you two clowns have something in common.

  • JB August 16, 2022, 8:13 pm

    The Communists know this. Until this CEO and the other firearm industry CEO’S wake up and attack the gun grabbers as the Communists they are, and target their gun grabs as a Communist disarmament program of tyranny, the Communists will win over the ignorant citizens who will support more gun laws. The RINOS have refrained from identifying the American Communist movement and its deep penetration of our government.

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