You Make a Difference! Our mission and operations are funded entirely by Patriots like you! Please support the 2024 Independence Day Campaign now.

August 18, 2022

Smith & Wesson Fires Back at Gun-Grabbing Dems

House Democrats tried to bully the legendary firearm manufacturer, but it didn’t go so well.

One of the weapons Donald Trump brought to bear against the incessant attacks from the Left and their media fellow-travelers was a willingness to push back hard against unfair accusations — in other words, to counterpunch.

Legendary firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson seems to have been taking notes.

Indeed, the company and its president and CEO, Mark Smith, took to Twitter recently with a forceful statement that fired back at Democrats and the media for suggesting that the firearms industry was responsible for rising crime rates nationwide, rather than the soft-on-crime policies enacted by lawmakers themselves. As Fox Business reports:

The company said politicians and the media have “vilified and undermined” law enforcement, supported prosecutors with policies some label soft on crime, and have generally promoted a culture of lawlessness, yet have the “audacity” to blame Smith & Wesson and other firearm manufacturers “for the crime wave that has predictably resulted from these destructive policies.”

“But,” says Smith, “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.”

The document itself is a one-pager, and it’s well worth the read. It was prompted after CEOs from several major gun manufacturers appeared before the House Oversight Committee — and were promptly bullied by Democrats.

Things heated up Monday when the company objected to the issuance of a subpoena from the Democrat-led committee, which demanded that Smith & Wesson produce sales and revenue figures for its AR-15-style sporting rifles. As The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page editors note , “The company says the subpoena squashed months of good-faith efforts to cooperate.”

It’s campaign season, so politicians are even more apt to grandstand, but that doesn’t excuse the behavior of the gun-grabbing Democrats. “Congress must clearly spell out with even more specificity why it needs the granular level of information requested by the committee,” wrote S&W lawyer Mark Paoletta in an August 15 letter to the committee. The Supreme Court has ruled against this sort of congressional intrusion and overreach, so we’ll have to see if the company wants to call the bluff of these anti-2A House Democrats.

“Gun-restriction advocates hurt their cause when political point-scoring eclipses public safety.” So say the Journal’s editors. They continue: “So it is with a House effort to badger Smith & Wesson about routine and legal firearm sales. A committee charged with oversight has burst its legal bounds and crossed into character assassination.”

What sort of character assassination might that be? Take the words of Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, for example: “It is long past time,” she said, “for the gun industry to be held accountable for the carnage they enable and profit from.”

CEO Smith wasn’t having any of it. He wrote:

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.

Good for Smith, and good for Smith & Wesson. The right of self-defense is understood to be the first civil right, for without it there can be no civilized society.

Smith also reaffirmed his company’s desire for a safer society. “We will continue to work alongside law enforcement, community leaders and lawmakers who are genuinely interested in creating safe neighborhoods,” he wrote. “We will engage those who genuinely seek productive discussions, not a means of scoring political points. We will continue informing law-abiding citizens that they have a constitutionally protected right to defend themselves and their families.”

But, Smith concluded, “We will never back down in our defense of the 2nd Amendment.”


Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service to our uniformed service members and veterans, are proud to support and promote the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, both the Honoring the Sacrifice and Warrior Freedom Service Dogs aiding wounded veterans, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, the Folds of Honor outreach, and Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, and Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

Please join us in prayer for our nation — that righteous leaders would rise and prevail and we would be united as Americans. Pray also for the protection of our Military Patriots, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. Please lift up your Patriot team and our mission to support and defend our Republic's Founding Principle of Liberty, that the fires of freedom would be ignited in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2024 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.