O Gun Manufacturer Heckler & Koch Makes HUGE Announcement about Gun Sales Onan CocaSeptember 2, 2017 18shares Share Tweet Email 5 Comments Most of Europe is not as comfortable around firearms as the American people are. That’s because in most European nations guns are heavily regulated (there are exceptions like Switzerland, Finland, and Norway), and the government does its best to keep guns out of the hands of their citizens. (Sadly, criminals and terrorists seem to find guns pretty easily.) With that being said it’s no wonder that when a German news outlet reported the latest news from the company, they spoke so negatively about Heckler & Koch (H&K). In their story German website Deutsche-Welle (DW) called H&K “notorious,” before saying they were “the German company whose guns have been estimated to kill one person every 13 minutes.” Not the most unbiased way to speak when reporting “news.” However, DW’s biased reporting is not the story here, what they said next is… A H&K spokesman confirmed the report to DW by email on Thursday, saying, “Heckler & Koch chose a new strategy in spring 2016. As a consequence we have withdrawn from the crisis regions of the world.” The notes on page 3 of the annual report, published in March, read, “we are not seeking to take part in new tenders in non-green countries.” “Green countries” are defined by company’s the own criteria, based on three classification systems: NATO membership or being a “NATO-equivalent country” (Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland), Transparency International’s corruption index, and the Economist Intelligence Unit’s democracy index. This means that H&K has become the first arms company in the world to have a more moral arms export policy than its own government (the German Economy Ministry declined to offer a statement or interview partner in time for this article) – and will not be selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and even Turkey (despite its membership in NATO), or any African country. Not only that, the company has even agreed to “seriously discuss” the possibility of setting up a “victims’ fund” for families who had been killed with H&K weapons – which would also be unprecedented among the world’s gun-makers. Some of this is great news, and some of it sets a bad precedent (though it’s understandable that a company wants to communicate an empathetic posture with their consumers). However, the most worrisome concern is that while H&K might be trying to do good, they are only feeding the left’s ugly anti-gun agenda. The campaigners proceeded to make use of their shareholders’ right to ask questions at the AGM – and spoke for 70 minutes about the damage that H&K’s guns have inflicted on the world in its six-decade history. The company’s headquarters are in Oberndorf, southern Germany H&K’s impact on the world’s conflicts has been massive. The G3 assault rifle alone, first produced in 1958 and once the German soldier’s standard weapon, has been licensed to, among others, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkey, and Mexico – from which millions of them have found their way into dozens of conflicts around the world and into the hands of virtually every terrorist group. Grässlin has estimated that an average of one person has been killed every 13 minutes by an H&K weapon since the company’s foundation in 1949. The bad precedent here is that H&K seems to be agreeing with the leftist argument that they are somehow at fault for the violence occurring around the world. This is a monstrous connection to make and it is also completely fallacious. If H&K had never made their guns, almost all of the deaths that their guns have been a part of, would have still happened – it would have just happened with some other company’s firearms… or with knives, or bombs, or bats, or sticks, or fists. I commend H&K for trying to act in the most moral way possible, but I’d encourage them to think about the long-term implications of their actions. They are not at fault for the misuse of their firearms, any more than Craftsman Tools is at fault for someone using a hammer in a crime, there is no reason for them to feel culpable in the evil actions of others.