2020 has been one helluva year thus far. From a global pandemic to widespread social unrest, these have been trying times. All the while, the 2020 election simmers. But don’t let the headlines to the contrary distract you; this election represents the greatest threat in America’s history to the protection of the Second Amendment.
Firearm Industry Gears Up for 2020 Election
Dubbed here as Gun Election 2020, the Biden-Harris ticket represents the most anti-gun platform in our nation’s history. Take all the Clintons and Obamas, and Biden-Harris stands even more anti-gun. To combat this historic surge, the firearms industry is mobilizing money and support to defeat this anti-gun ticket.
To help the fight, Smith & Wesson donated $500,000 to support the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) GUNVOTE registration and education campaign. The donation marks the largest for this NSSF program to date.
“This election cycle marks a crossroads in the future of the firearms industry and of our very freedom to bear arms,” said Mark Smith, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson. “We must ensure we protect the Second Amendment at every level. It is critical that hunters, recreational target shooters, and all those seeking to exercise their constitutional right to protect themselves and their families be educated and vote in November. We’re extremely proud to make this contribution to NSSF’s #GUNVOTE campaign and for what it represents in educating voters how their choices at the polls will impact the future of all Americans’ free exercise of their constitutional rights.”
“The firearm industry is fortunate to have numerous partners who are dedicated to the growth and success of the whole and Smith & Wesson is right at the top,” stated Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “With this generous contribution to NSSF’s #GUNVOTE campaign, Smith & Wesson is going above and beyond to assist NSSF in educating and activating voters ahead of November’s election. Smith & Wesson’s substantial contribution is vital now more than ever and is to be commended.”
NRA-ILA Partners for Patriotism
Meanwhile, six companies pledged to match $1 million donations made to NRA-ILA through Nov. 15. SIG Sauer, KelTec, Credova, Rock Island Auction Company, Taurus and Davidson’s Gallery of Guns all pledged support.
“These patriotic businesses are pledging vital resources to support and defend the Second Amendment because they understand that our right to own a gun in defense of ourselves and our families is on the ballot in November. By working together with such partners, our membership intends to defeat those who are trying to strip our rights away from us,” said Jason Ouimet, executive director, NRA-ILA.
During the Partners for Patriotism program, companies match all donations to NRA-ILA. All donations, of any amount, will receive a match until Nov. 15.
“If you’ve considered donating in the past, but never got around to it — now is the time. A donation now has twice the impact at the most critical time possible, as every dollar donated goes directly to NRA-ILA’s political fight for America’s Second Amendment,” Ouimet concluded.