On June 1st Andrzej Leszczyński (GUN TV), Tomasz Stępień (Firearms United) and Jarosław Lewandowski (Fundacja Rozwoju Strzelectwa) participated in debate at the European Parlament in Brussels organised by European Foundation For Freedom with the participation of Members Of European Parliament – Robert Iwaszkiewicz and Janusz Korwin-Mikke. Subject of debate was constricting the access to firearms for law-abiding citizens. Magnificent work was done! Huge “Thank You!”
Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska ( European Commission ) claimed 100.000 deaths in ten years by legally-held firearms and said law abiding citizens should not own semi-automatic firearms at all.
Snippets of Commissioner’s speech:
- I think that first we have to limit the access to automatic and semi-automatic firearms.
- Such assault weapons are not necessary for sport shooting.
- Hunters in some member states are not concerned at all by our proposal.
- We have evidence from the last year that during the last decade 100.000 people in Europe were killed by such weapons. Homicide … they were… murdered by using weapons which were at home.
- Our proposal does not endager sport shooters, really not.
- Kalashnikovs are military arms. Even when they are semi-automatic or non-automatic at all I am convinced such firearms should not be authorized for sports.
- To many people were killed, so be more open-minded on this topic.
When MEP Beatrix von Storch asked the European Commission (COM) to prove the “dangerousness” of legally-held firearms and especially of category B firearms Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska did not answer her question at all. She only gave examples and assumptions and misused massacres as an argument for bans.
How many of the annual 1 000 (or 10 000 over the last decade) firearms-related homicides have been committed using legally held firearms or stolen firearms that previously belonged to legal owners? Please report figures for the last 10 years, broken down by firearms category A, B, C, D, and by Member State.
How many weapons transformed into automatic firearms that had previously been registered as semi-automatic firearms for law-abiding gun owners have been misused in the last 10 years? Please report figures by Member State and by category B1 to B7.
Conservative MEP Christofer Fjellner from Sweden found the right words.
Snippets of his speech:
- Instead of getting to the real problem with illegal guns all of the proposal hits the legal guns and has no impact on terrorists or criminals at all.
- 5-years-licenses, medical exams, hindering distance trade and banning certain semi-automatics won’t stop terrorists but hit hard the law abiding gunowners
- How many crimes could be linked to legally-held firearms? How big is the problem?
- How many firearms were affected by the ban? How many will be banned?
- If Commission cannot answer these both simple question, we should reject proposal.
- You missed the target (illicit trafficking) by miles!
Read more of Commissioner’s speech: FACE: Commissioner Bieńkowska’s 100.000 deaths unfounded
Snippets of MEP Richard Sulik’s speech
- The European Commission is trying to restrict people’s personal freedoms.
- No terrorist is going to get a weapon at a normal dealer.
- I thank the rapporteur for her hard work to remove the nonsense from the proposal.
- Ms Bieńkowska suprised me yesterday, when she said, that we don’t need so many weapons. Surely citizen’s freedom should be more important than the Commission’s opinion.
- The ladies and gentlemen sitting in the Commission seem to be acting like gods.
- I would be happiest if the whole directive were to be withdrawn.
Read more of her speech: FACE: Commissioner Bieńkowska’s 100.000 deaths unfounded
The plans for an European-wide gun ban are still being discussed at the European Parliament, Commission, and Council.
After the latest, shameful attempt to have it “swiftly passed” after the March 22nd Brussels bombing, a hope comes from where the European gun owners’ community expected it the least: Great Britain.
And indeed a British Member of the European Parliament − Vicky Ford, President of Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee of the European Parliament (IMCO) − published her draft report on the EU gun ban proposal on March 29th.