Mark Smith, CEO and president of firearm producer Smith & Wesson, hit back at leftist politicians who have been blaming gun manufacturers for violent crime, claiming that they’re responsible for creating America’s “culture of lawlessness.”
The official Twitter for Smith & Wesson Inc. posted Smith’s open letter, in which he accused “politicians and their lobbying partners in the media” of efforts to disparage and undermine his company and other firearm makers.
“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 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 said.
Smith’s letter comes while anti-gun Democrats, as well as President Joe Biden’s administration, have increased pressure to expand federal gun control laws, going so far as to push a ban on semiautomatic weapons.
There are 393 million registered firearms in the United States, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, Small Arms Survey. More than 45,000 deaths were attributed to guns in 2021, according to federal statistics, but approximately half were due to suicide.
About 700 of these deaths were due to mass shootings that have since been used to justify Second Amendment challenges. The city of Chicago, which has one of the nation’s highest rates of gun violence, for example, also has some of the most stringent gun control laws. The Chicago Police Department’s crime statistics for 2021 listed 797 murders, up 3% from 2020, and 3,561 shooting incidents, a 9% increase from the previous year.
“It is no surprise that cities suffering the 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 wrote.
“But rather than confront the failure of their policies, certain politicians have sought more laws restricting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, while simultaneously continuing to undermine our institutions of law and order.”
Smith blamed anti-gun politicians who have been attempting to prohibit gun manufacturers from advertising products that remind citizens of their constitutional right to bear arms as violence becomes prevalent and intense.
“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,” Smith wrote.
“Instead, Smith & Wesson provides these citizens with the means to protect themselves and their families.”
“We will continue informing law-abiding citizens that they have a constitutionally protected right to defend themselves and their families. We will never back down in our defense of the Second Amendment,” Smith wrote.
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