Commissioner Bieńkowska’s Scandalous Speech
Mrs Elżbieta Bieńkowska ( European Commission ) claimed 100.000 deaths in ten years by legally-held firearms.
FACE’s Press Release
« FACE President Michl Ebner commented: “Commissioner Bieńkowska’s unfounded statement that 100,000 citizens were “murdered” by legal firearms does not contribute to the democratic debate on the revision of the Firearms Directive. The European Commission is adopting an incomprehensibly rigid attitude towards a serious piece of legislation, which is now risking to disproportionately affect legal firearm owners with no predictable outcome on terrorism and criminality”.
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What now follows is a Facebook Note by the free online magazine Hunter at Heart which we are allowed to share:
EU gun ban is based on lies
HUNTER AT HEART·MITTWOCH, 25. MAI 2016
Yesterday the Polish commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, who wants to impose a ban on certain hunting weapons for security reasons, claimed that 100,000 EU citizens have been murdered in their homes with legal semi-automatic firearms during the last decade. That is 10,000 murders a year committed with these firearms! Can this be true?
Allow me to present some facts:
In the EU the average homicide rate in 2011 was 1.11 homicides pr. 100,000 people with a downward trend. As of 2015 the total EU population is roughly 508 million people. This equates to approximately 5,600 homicides in total – a little more than half the number claimed by Bieńkowska.
The total number of homicides includes every murder with every conceivable weapon… hands, knives, blunt instruments, illegal firearms and legal firearms etc. It is very rare that homicides are carried out with legal registered firearms. Actually, a lot less than 10% of all murders are committed with legal firearms or even legal firearms stolen from private owners. A country with very good statistics on this matter is Sweden where roughly 7% of all murders are committed with legal or ex-legal firearms – the vast majority of these being simple shotguns which will not be affected by the proposed ban.
Assuming that 10% of all homicides in the EU are committed with legal or ex-legal firearms brings us to an estimate of a maximum of 560 homicides committed with these private firearms in the EU every year. The actual number is most probably MUCH lower than that.
Furthermore, semi-automatic firearms are not that usual so the number of murders committed with these weapons can only be a fraction of the maximum 560 murders committed with all legal firearms. My gut feeling is that less than 50 homicides a year are committed with the legally or ex-legally owned semi-automatic firearms that Bieńkowska blames for 10,000 murders a year. But that is just an educated guess so let’s stick to the estimated maximum of 560 homicides committed with legal or stolen ex-legal firearms of all types a year.
560 homicides is a VERY far cry from 10,000 homicides.
Here is the million-dollar-question:
Is Elżbieta Bieńkowska completely ignorant of the facts of the matter or is she lying deliberately?
Neither ignorance nor lies are worthy of a high ranking EU politician driving what is clearly a very personal and emotional motion to harass the more than 7 million law abiding hunters of the EU.
It is time to apologize and to find out EXACTLY how many homicides are committed with legal or ex-legal private firearms in the EU every year. Is this a problem at all???? Clearly the EU politicians are incapable of simply guessing the numbers and big decisions affecting millions of citizens need to be based on facts.
Jens Ulrik Høgh Editor – www.hunter-at-heart.com
P.S Here is the contact details for personal assistant to the Commissioner Bartosz Lasota: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to drop him a POLITE email sharing your thoughts on the commissioners behavior.
VIDEO: The commissioner presenting her “evidence” for the IMCO comitee:
EU homicide rate: http://www.indexmundi.com/facts/european-union/homicide-rate
Swedish homicide statistics (in Swedish): https://www.bra.se/bra/brott-och-statistik/mord-och-drap.html
Swedish statistics of guns used in crime (in Swedish): https://vapenfakta.se/forskning-och-statistik/vapen-och-brott/
Read also our report: Homicide and Suicide with Firearms in Europe