FN Five seveN travels back in time

by Azreel | July 23rd, 2006

Apparently, New York City DA is of the mistaken belief that the FN Five seveN handgun has the ability to retroactively kill, having claimed that the “of the 616 police officers killed in the line of duty nationwide between 1994 and 2003, 425 were killed with this handgun”. Problem is, the Five seveN wasn’t made available until 2000.

What follows is the text of the New York Channel 1 news article:

“Three Men Charged With Possession Of “Cop Killer” Handgun”

Three men in Queens have been charged with the illegal possession of a so-called “cop killer” handgun.
The weapon is said to be capable of easily penetrating most bulletproof police vests and plates. The three men facing charges are from the Hammel Houses in Far Rockaway.
Senator Chuck Schumer is among those pushing to have the gun, called the Fabrique Nationale 5.7 outlawed.
It’s the first time that this particular gun has been recovered in New York.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the “cop killer” gun has a 20-round magazine, is able to shoot 50 to 100 yards with great accuracy and its bullet can pierce 48 layers of Kevlar.
Brown said that of the 616 police officers killed in the line of duty nationwide between 1994 and 2003, 425 were killed with this handgun.

The ignorance expressed by the District Attorney is beyond comprehension. Acccording to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 1319 officers were killed between 1995 and 2003. Of those killed, only 472 were killed by a firearm. However, since the FN Five seveN wasn’t introduced until 2000, we have to subtract even more. How many cops died of gunshot wounds in those years? Only 234. It should be noted that while the Fabrique Nationale Five seveN handgun was introduced in 2000, it was only available to law enforcement officials: the pistol was not made available for civilian ownership until 2004. What this means is that ALL of the deaths attributed to the firarm in question were cops who were shot by their own fellow officers.

Let me get this straight: 234 police officers died at the hands of a firearm between 2000 and 2004, but DA Brown claims that this evil “cop killer” handgun killed almost double that amount? Something smells like the south end of a north facing mule.

This is nothing more than lies, lies, and damned lies at the hands of idiot politicians using scare tactics to get legal handguns taken from the hands of law abiding citizens.


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