SureFire LLC, which over the years has received some negative attention on their products from law enforcement officers because of technical problems, has an even bigger public relations nightmare on their hands.
This, after it was revealed by OpenSecrets.org that the company has been a campaign contributor to Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat from California who vehemently opposes gun rights.
According to the website, in 2010, SureFire LLC donated $4,800 to Sanchez. By comparison, the website reports they donated $2,000 to the Republican candidate Gary Miller.
But it wasn’t a one-time slip-up. The website shows they again donated $5,000 to her in 2012, according to updated numbers from OpenSecrets.
But is she really that bad on gun control issues? Scroll down to the bottom of this article for some answers from OnTheIssues.org (Hint: Yes. So much YES.)
First to the party of trolling SureFire LLC was one of their competitors, Inforce. Inforce has vastly expanded their market share in the law enforcement world over the past several years, with their weapon-mounted lights appearing on the rifles and pistols of some of the largest agencies in America.
“Listen – we’re far from perfect,” said Matthew Wolfe, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Inforce. “But at least we’ll never donate money to those who seek to destroy the second amendment.”
In what might be one of the greatest trolling moves of 2019, Inforce announced that for every light they sell on their website this weekend, they’ll donate $5 to the U.S. Concealed Carry Association(USCCA), an organization focused on self-defense education, training and legal protection. The money is to be earmarked to help defend second amendment rights.
“I’m not really sure what part of ‘shall not be infringed’ people don’t get,” said Wolfe. “If you work in the firearms industry, you have a responsibility to protect the most important amendment in the constitution… our right to keep and bear Arms.”
(Above video part of a new series by Inforce featuring Americans defending their homes and their families thanks to the Second Amendment.)
Zero Tolerance Knives was up next. They posted a simple picture of one of their new knives on Facebook along with a simple message: “Welcome to ZT. We make tools, not destroy them.”
SureFire seems frozen at the moment on social media, flat out ignoring the thousands of trolling comments by upset customers who swear they’ll never buy a light again.
Comments have been flooding in on all of their posts on both Facebook and Instagram, such as:
“I guess once you get that DoD contract you become part of the Elite’s pocket.”
“Surefire LLC uses the money you pay them to fund anti-gun liberal politicians.”
“All my surefire products all broke yesterday. That’s about 6 from the scout line and several x3-400’s. How do I go about sending them back in for refunds?”
“So what’s the statement? Why have you sold out the 2A community?”
“Dicks, Benchmade, Surefire are all companies I have done business with in the past, but NO more. I will only do business with companies that are not aligned with the Marxist left and who fully support our natural right to keep and bear arms.”
How is SureFire going to combat this one? That’s yet to be determined. One thing is for sure. It’s going to be an entertaining firefight on social media in the meantime.
According to OnTheIssues, here’s Loretta Sanchez’ track record:
Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers.
A bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others. A YES vote would:
- Prohibit individuals from filing a qualified civil liability action
- Exempt lawsuits brought against individuals who knowingly transfer a firearm that will be used to commit a violent or drug-trafficking crime
- Exempt lawsuits against actions that result in death, physical injury or property damage due solely to a product defect
- Dismiss of all civil liability actions pending on the date of enactment
- Prohibit the manufacture, import, sale or delivery of armor piercing ammunition
Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse.
Vote to pass a bill that would prohibit liability lawsuits from being brought against gun manufacturers and dealers based on the criminal misuse of firearms. The bill would also block these actions from being brought up against gun trade organizations and against ammunition makers and sellers. The measure would apply immediately to any pending cases. Several specific exceptions to the ban exist. This includes civil suits would be allowed against a maker or dealer who “knowingly and willfully violated” state or federal laws in the selling or marketing of a weapon. Design and manufacturing defect lawsuits are also permitted when weapons are “used as intended.
Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1.
Vote to pass a bill requiring anyone who purchases a gun at a gun show to go through an instant background check which must be completed within 24 hours [instead of 72 hours].
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with “smart gun” technology.
Sanchez adopted the manifesto, “A New Agenda for the New Decade”:
Make America the “Safest Big Country” in the World
After climbing relentlessly for three decades, crime rates started to fall in the 1990s. Nonetheless, the public remains deeply concerned about the prevalence of gun violence, especially among juveniles, and Americans still avoid public spaces like downtown retail areas, parks, and even sports facilities.
We need to keep policing “smart” and community-friendly, prohibiting unjust and counterproductive tactics such as racial profiling; focus on preventing as well as punishing crime; pay attention to what happens to inmates and their families after sentencing; use mandatory testing and treatment to break the cycle of drugs and crime; and enforce and strengthen laws against unsafe or illegal guns. Moreover, we need a renewed commitment to equal justice for all, and we must reject a false choice between justice and safety.
Technology can help in many areas: giving police more information on criminal suspects so they do not rely on slipshod, random stop-and-search methods; allowing lower-cost supervision of people on probation or parole; and making it possible to disable and/or trace guns used by unauthorized persons.
Above all, we need to remember that public safety is the ultimate goal of crime policy. Until Americans feel safe enough to walk their neighborhood streets, enjoy public spaces, and send their children to school without fear of violence, we have not achieved public safety.
Goals for 2010
- Reduce violent crime rates another 25 percent.
- Cut the rate of repeat offenses in half.
- Develop and require “smart gun” technology to prevent use of firearms by unauthorized persons and implement sensible gun control measures.
- Ban racial profiling by police but encourage criminal targeting through better information on actual suspects.
- Require in-prison and post-prison drug testing and treatment of all drug offenders.
Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC11 on Aug 1, 2000
Rated D by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record.
Sanchez scores D by NRA on pro-gun rights policies
While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America’s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. But our successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service our nearly three million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs.
The following ratings are based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionaire sent to all Congressional candidates; the NRA assigned a letter grade (with A+ being the highest and F being the lowest).
Source: NRA website 02n-NRA on Dec 31, 2003
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales.
Sanchez signed H.R.2324& S.843
Makes it unlawful for any person to operate a gun show unless such person:
- has attained 21 years of age;
- is not prohibited from transporting, shipping, or receiving firearms and has not violated any federal firearms requirements;
- has registered with the Attorney General as a gun show operator and has provided a photograph and fingerprints;
- has not concealed material information nor made false statements in connection with a gun show operator registration; and
- notifies the Attorney General of the date, time, and duration of a gun show not later than 30 days before the commencement of such show and verifies the identity of each vendor at the gun show.
Imposes recordkeeping requirements on gun show operators and criminal penalties for failure to register as a gun show operator and maintain required records. Increases criminal penalties for serious recordkeeping violations and violations of criminal background check requirements. Authorizes the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to hire additional investigators to carry out inspections of gun shows.
Source: Gun Show Loophole Closing Act 09-HR2324 on May 7, 2009
Supports restrictions on right to bear arms.
Sanchez supports the CC survey question on Second Amendment
The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, ‘Further Restrictions on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms’ The Christian Coalition notes, “You can help make sure that voters have the facts BEFORE they cast their votes. We have surveyed candidates in the most competitive congressional races on the issues that are important to conservatives.”
Source: Christian Coalition Survey 16_CC10 on Nov 8, 2016