Smith & Wesson shareholders say no to nuns plea on human rights

Smith & Wesson shareholders say no to nuns plea on human rights

SPRINGFIELD — Smith & Wesson shareholders did not pass a resolution sponsored by Catholic nuns and others that would have forced the gunmaker to develop a human rights policy. The resolution brought by Adrian Dominican Sisters, as well as 14 other Catholic religious communities and Catholic health care groups, called on the company to mitigate the risk to human rights posed by the sale of firearms to civilians. “We have never attempted to conceal our deep concern about the devastating toll of gun violence in our communities, nor the fact that we are proponents of gun safety including a tightening of regulations that would prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands,” said sister Judy Byron of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in her statement to shareholders. “The majority of us are people of faith, some of us school teachers and health professionals. I expect that you are as troubled as we are when another gun violence event occurs, particularly one involving a Smith & Wesson firearm. Our advocacy on gun safety has been characterized by S&W management as a ruse whose real intention is to put the company out of business and to abolish the second amendment. We have always said this is not our agenda. Again, we seek to make the business, the products and the consumers who buy them, safer. We seek – as everyone here must surely do – to save lives. The groups, known collectively as the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility are part of […]

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