Smith & Wesson’s CEO sent out a page-long statement blaming politicians ‘for the surge in violence’ 2 weeks after the company was subpoenaed for AR-15 sales and marketing info

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Smith & Wesson’s CEO said politicians are to blame for the recent surge in violence, not the gunmaker. 
Mark Smith’s statement comes two weeks after getting subpoenaed by the US House Oversight Committee.
The House accused Smith & Wesson of making no effort to track violence caused by its AR-15-style weapons. 

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…

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