Uvalde gun maker defends his business as Democrats grill manufacturers

‘The murderers are responsible’: Uvalde gun maker DEFENDS his business when Democrat asks if he will apologize for selling gunman rifle – as it’s revealed manufacturers have made $1billion from ‘military-style’ weapons

  • Gun makers defend weapons during a tense House hearing on mass shootings
  • Marty Daniel, chief executive officer of Daniel Defense – which made the gun used in  Uvalde shooting – blamed the shooter
  • ‘These acts are committed by murderers. The murderers are responsible’
  • Democrats revealed American gun manufacturers earned more than $1 billion from the sale of AR-15-style semiautomatic weapons over the last decade
  • Gun sales have sky rocketed in the United States in past few years 

Gun makers defended their product on Wednesday during a tense House hearing on mass shootings, saying ‘murders are responsible’ for the deaths.

Democrats revealed American gun manufacturers earned more than $1 billion from the sale of AR-15-style semiautomatic weapons over the last decade, as lawmakers grilled gun makers after a recent series of mass shootings led to multiple deaths in Uvalde, Texas; Buffalo, New York; and Highland Park, Ill.

Marty Daniel, chief executive officer of Daniel Defense – which made the gun used by the shooter to kill 19 school children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas – defended his company’s practices as he was questioned by Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney.  

She asked him: ‘Will you accept person responsibility for your company’s role in this tragedy and apologize to the families of Uvalde?’

‘These acts are committed by murderers. The murderers are responsible,’ Daniel responded.

Family members of the Uvalde shooting sat in the audience of the House Oversight Committee hearing as the gun makers defended their product.

Marty Daniel, chief executive officer of Daniel Defense - which made the gun used in Uvalde shooting - blamed the shooter: 'These acts are committed by murderers. The murderers are responsible,' hee said

Marty Daniel, chief executive officer of Daniel Defense – which made the gun used in Uvalde shooting – blamed the shooter: ‘These acts are committed by murderers. The murderers are responsible,’ hee said

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney revealed American gun manufacturers earned more than $1 billion from the sale of AR-15-style semiautomatic weapons over the last decade

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney revealed American gun manufacturers earned more than $1 billion from the sale of AR-15-style semiautomatic weapons over the last decade

‘The stated implied purpose of this hearing is to vilify, blame and try to ban over 24 million sporting rifles already in circulation that are lawfully possessed and commonly used by millions of Americans to protect their homes and loved ones,’ said Daniel, who appeared virtually.

‘I believe our nation’s response needs to focus not on the type of gun but on the types of persons who are likely to commit mass shootings,’ he said.

Daniel Defense raised its revenue from $40 million in 2019 to more than $120 million last year. Sturm, Ruger & Co.’s gross earnings have gone from $39 million to over $103 million since 2019, and Smith and Wesson reported that its revenues from all long guns doubled from 2019 to 2021.

Christopher Killoy, president and CEO of Sturm, Ruger, also argued it was the shooter not the weapon.

‘A firearm, any firearm, can be used for good or evil. The difference is in the intent of the individual possessing it,’ he said.

Mark Smith, president and CEO of Smith & Wesson Brands Inc , had been invited and had initially committed to attend the hearing but then changed his mind, Maloney said.

Maloney said she intends to subpoena Smith and other executives. A Smith & Wesson rifle was used in the Highland Park killings, where seven were killed and 25 wounded.   

Democrats hammered the gun makers on the way their products were used in mass shootings.

Gun sales are up in the United States, rising from an average of 1 million guns sold monthly in 2019 to nearly 2 million a month in 2020.

But deaths from guns are also on the rise. Firearms were the leading cause of death for children and teens in the U.S. in 2020, surpassing deaths by car crashes, drug overdoses and cancer, according to The New England Journal of Medicine. 

‘The gun industry has flooded our neighborhoods, our schools and even our churches and synagogues with these deadly weapons and has gotten rich doing it,’ Maloney, the chair of the Oversight Committee, said.

‘Even as guns kill more Americans than ever, none of those companies take even basic steps to monitor the deaths and injuries caused by their products,’ she noted. ‘This is beyond irresponsible.’

Felix and Kimberly Rubio, whose 10 year old daughter Alexandria Rubio was killed in the Robb Elementary School mass shooting n Uvalde, were at the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Hearing: Examining the Practices and Profits of Gun Manufacturers

Felix and Kimberly Rubio, whose 10 year old daughter Alexandria Rubio was killed in the Robb Elementary School mass shooting n Uvalde, were at the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Hearing: Examining the Practices and Profits of Gun Manufacturers

The House Oversight Committee held a hearing on gun violence, such as in the July shooting at Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas, where 21 died

The House Oversight Committee held a hearing on gun violence, such as in the July shooting at Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas, where 21 died

Republicans argued that semi-automatic weapons use was rare with most purchases being hand guns for protective purposes. They also labeled gun ownership a second amendment issue.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle spoke passionately about the issue during the more than four hour hearing. 

‘Never in my life have I had a gun get violent with me,’ said Republican Rep. Ralph Norman, who described himself as a gun owner. ‘It’s by mentally ill people. It’s by deranged people.’

He said of Democrats: ‘We’re going to try not to let them strip the second amendment.’ 

President Joe Biden has called on assault weaons to be banned. House Democrats are moving toward passing such legislation but not right away. 

Democratic leaders said Wednesday that any House floor action on the assault weapons ban and police funding bills will now come next month.

Any assault weapon ban is likely to fail in the Senate. 

There have been 15 mass killings this year, according to the Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University Mass Killing Database. According to that research, those incidents have left 86 dead and 63 injured. Guns were used in all of them. 

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