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A new attack from the European Commission!

Following the poll launched earlier during the year, the European Commission issued a controversial "White Paper" which is nothing short of an outright gun ban proposal!

Following the results of the poll about firearms launched earlier this year, the EC issues a "White Paper" that's an outright proposal for an almost total ban of private gun ownership in the European Union!

Pierangelo Tendas

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Despite what the European Commission states, their own poll shows that European citizens don't feel like the EU should "do more" about guns
Despite what the European Commission states, their own poll shows that European citizens don't feel like the EU should "do more" about guns

Ever since we first told you about the EU poll about perspective future policies on firearms, "A common approach to reducing the harm caused by criminal use of firearms in the EU", we at ALL4SHOOTERS.COM warned our readers about how, according, to our opinion, the misleadingly-written questionnaire appeared to have a non-declared, secondary intent rather than just polling the European citizens' opinions: to provide a measure of how many gun enthusiasts and gun owners are actually active in the EU − thus to estimate the number of "enemies" that an EU-driven anti-gun agenda would have! − while at the same time tricking those who participated to the poll into answering in the required way, so to have an excuse or a justification of some sort in order to launch even more restrictive regulations concerning private ownership, carry, trade, and use of firearms by law-abiding common citizens.

As a matter of fact, the poll proved to be a disaster for the anti-gun front that lurks the hall of the EU palaces in Strasbourg and Brussels: according to what the European Commission states, around 92% of the over 86.000 European citizens who participated to the poll OPPOSES any further restriction on gun ownershop, as well as any other type of EU intervention on the firearms matter.

Cecilia Malmström, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, is a stauch enemy of civilian gun rights
Cecilia Malmström, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, is a stauch enemy of civilian gun rights

However, having been around for a while in the world of firearms, we at ALL4SHOOTERS.COM are well-aware of a certain constant behaviour that all anti-gun politicians, individuals and movements − in Europe, in America, in the rest of the world − have in common: if they have even a small, but noisy, minority supporting them, they'll boast "full public support" to push their agendas; but when the truth itself is against them, and when they face the fact that most of the people is as well, they'll just go on about their business and will try to push their agenda anyway, shoving it down everybody's throats.

This is appearently what the European Commission − definitely not known as a supporter of law abiding gun owners, and as a matter of fact a source for many attemptsm to destroy our rights to hunt, practice shooting sports, and defend ourselves! − seems to be aiming to do. While the Director-General for Home Affairs of the European Commission, Cecilia Malmström, refers to the poll as "non representative" (because it didn't gave the results they wanted!), the European Commission provides false and distorted informations about the results of the poll itself, by putting no particular emphasis on the largely contrary answers provided by average citizens while, on the other hand, delivering with great prominence the anti-gun answers provided by governmental entities and NGOs from entire Europe in order to push even more stringent, useless gun control.

The "White Paper" proposes an outright ban on private ownership of all semi-automatic firearms - rifles, carbines, shotguns and handguns, centerfire and rimfire... ALL of them!
The "White Paper" proposes an outright ban on private ownership of all semi-automatic firearms - rifles, carbines, shotguns and handguns, centerfire and rimfire... ALL of them!

On October 21th, the European Commission published a communication to the Council and the European Parliament (most commonly known as a "White Paper") entitled "Firearms and the internal security of the EU: protecting citizens and disrupting illegal trafficking".

Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, the European Commission comes out with an asinine document full of falsities that starts out with a bang:
"While there are no precise statistics, the many firearms in illegal circulation are often the result of theft or diversion from their lawful lifecycle, of being illegally imported from third countries and of the conversion of other objects into firearms. Almost half a million firearms lost or stolen in the EU remain unaccounted for, the overwhelming majority of which are civilian firearms, according to the Schengen Information System."

They don't seem to mind the fact that the vast majority of firearms used in the EU for criminal activities have NO CIVILIAN ORIGIN, but are service pistols, rifles, and machineguns, coming from the State arsenals of the former Warsaw Pact and former Yugoslavian Countries, of which the respective governments lost control when the Communist bloc fell.

At least the European Commission should be honest enough to admit that well over three thirds of all firearms that circulate illegally in the hands of criminals and terrorists in the territory of the European Union have slipped out of the hands of the Governments − these very same Governments that, according to the anti-gun front, should be the sole entities with a right to have firearms at hand!

The "White Paper" would also suggest to impose magazine capacity restrictions and make them impossible to purchase without a gun license... while the current EU directive says the contrary!
The "White Paper" would also suggest to impose magazine capacity restrictions and make them impossible to purchase without a gun license... while the current EU directive says the contrary!

Furthermore, the European Commission contradicts itself in the very same intro while citing the worst tragedies that saw unarmed innocents fall victims of armed madmen in the past years − Oslo and Utøya (2011), Tuusula and Kayhajoki (2007/2008), Cumbria  (2010), Winnenden (2009), Alphen aan den Rijn and Liège (2011), Toulouse (2012) − while at the same time admitting that:
"In the first decade of the 21st century there were over 10.000 victims of murder or manslaughter, killed by firearms, in the 28 Member States of EU".

So, in the years between 2000 and 2010, the firearm-related deaths by homicide or accident in the entire European Union can be counted in one thousand per year.

This is hardly an emergency, if compared to the number of yearly deaths by occupational accidents in Italy alone (between 700 and 1200 every year) or to the number of road casualties (more than 30.000 Europeans were killed in traffic accidents in 2011 alone, and that was a historical minimum!), leaving alone deaths by cancer, cardiovascular diseases, or other serious health conditions; these are the serious emergencies that the European Union should face, even more so since most of murders committed yearly in the EU are somehow related to important criminal organizations, which definitely won't be scared by a new European regulation!

Even more ridiculously, the European Commission declares:
"Every year there are over 4 000 suicides by firearm. On average, there are 0.24 homicides and 0.9 suicides by firearm per 100 000 population per year in the EU."

So the very same European Commission admits that the percentage of gun-related deaths in Europe are risible, and tries to count in suicides, which should never be counted in, given that they are extremely high even in unarmed societies − in Japan, one of the most strictly gun-controlled Countries in the world with a 0.6% gun ownership rate, the murder rate is 21.7 per 100.000 population, which makes suicide the main cause of adult men between 21-44 years old − and also given that all studies show how a well-determined suicidal person will carry on his intent with alternative means if he/she has no firearms at hand: as a matter of fact, firearms are not the main instrument for suicides, not in Europe, nor in the rest of the world.

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