Smith & Wesson CEO sent out statement after subpoena for AR-15 sales/marketing
By angelamontana

Posted: August 16, 2022

Smith & Wesson CEO, Mark Smith released a fiery statement on Monday, blaming politicians for a “surge in violence and lawlessness” two weeks after the US House Oversight Committee subpoenaed the firearm maker for information about its AR-15 style firearms.

In the statement, Smith accuses “politicians and their lobbying partners in the media” of contributing to rising violence, saying “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.”

As of 2020, which is the most recent data available, violent crimes stayed relatively flat, according to The Brennan Center for Justice, a non-profit law and policy institute. The national murder rate, however, has risen in the last two years after steadily falling during recent decades, though it is still well below the high point of the last 25 years, The Brennan Center says.

Read more by Samantha Delouya via the Business Insider here.

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