Unimondo, the Italian branch of OneWorld, an enormous pacifist organization, publicly attacked the Italian branch of Firearms United in an article wich is almost funny, full of prejudices, errors and exagerations.
The article can be found here with automatical translation: The shooting at the Court of Milan and the gun lobby
In a social climate more and more tense and with the pressing threats of various Islamist terrorist groups, the gun lobby seems to have as only concern to « defend the rights of gun owners . » Where these rights are written only they know, but provides a post of the facebook page of Firearms United – Italy« , a » community organization « which is part of the » Firearms United « , which describes itself as « worldwide confederation of gun owners » whose « mission » would be « to fight together for a better future for all of us ».
Links and emphazised words in bold letters by Unimondo
And here’s the reply by Firearms United – Italia , wich has been published on Facebook and sent via email to the « journalist »:
« Dear Mr. Beretta,
in your article you make fun of us because of our 2.429 followers (today they are 2.576) and you brag about the 94.370 followers of Unimondo. It’s interesting to consider that our article about what happened at Milan’s Courthouse was shared by 270 people and yours by 2, including us.
Facebook bragging aside, you think that writing to our lawmakers to state our reasons is a « worrysome initiative »: well, seems that any citizen or association normally uses this worrysome methods, Unimondo included.
In your article you clearly show your lack of knowledge about Italian firearm laws, about how firearms are used in sports (high-capacity magazines are used in any discipline of rapid and dynamic shooting) and you lack basic information: most firearms used to commit crimes are ILLEGAL or state-issued firearms, wich have nothing to do with civilian legal gun owners. Moreover in our country a civilian « black rifle » has never been used to commit a robbery, a slaughter or any other crime.
Article no. 3 of DL 7/2105 was written only to punish legal gun owners, one of the most controlled categories in our country, and has nothing to do with terrorism: Have you ever heard about a terrorist asking for a gun permit and purchasing a semiauto carbine in a gun shop? A carbine wich has nothing in common (besides the looks) with the full-auto assault rifle that such terrorist can easily get, at a good price and without much fuss, via illegal channels left untouched by this new laws?
Mr. Beretta, we strongly suggest you to study about the subjects you want to write about, especially to avoid bloops such as this. We can even offer our help and guide you through the complicate world of Italian firearm laws, free of charge, of course (Our Confederation, unlike Unimondo, has no money, doesn’t ask for donations and is 100% founded on voluntary work from gun enthusiasts).
One last remark: you call us « unsettling, threatening and growing » and we must correct you once more: if we were really « threatening » we won’t be able to possess « Public Security Licenses ». We are law-abiding citizens and we are not dangerous for anyone. The only truth is the last thing you wrote: we are constantly growing in numbers, despite the legislative rape we are subject to every single day. »