Gun Socialism for Switzerland?Tuesday, December 8, 2009
A reminder that the anti-life crackpots are everywhere, even in Switzerland.
A coalition led by the country’s Social Democrat party and the Greens has collected nearly 120,000 signatures to force a national referendum on whether the weapons should be stored at military bases.
…Switzerland’s armed forces consist of just a few thousand permanent full-time staff, with the rest essentially a militia.
Service in the militia is compulsory for men aged between 19 and 31 and in between call-ups they store their weapons at home. There are currently around 220,000 conscripts.
The Green Socialists say that too many guns are used in murders and suicides in Switzerland, and thus more controls on gun ownership and use are needed. And they get their air time, in spite of the fact that they spew nothing but blatant fiction. The truth is:
Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture – but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept.
…In addition to the government-provided arms, there are few restrictions on buying weapons. Some cantons restrict the carrying of firearms – others do not.
Stephen P. Halbrook has written quite extensively on the gun issue, and according to him:
Although there is more per capita firepower in Switzerland than any place in the world, it is one of the safest places to be. To the delight of Americans who support the right to keep and bear arms, Switzerland is the proof in the pudding of the argument that guns don’t cause crime.
Says Halbrook: “The bottom line is one of attitude. Populations with training in civic virtue, though armed, generally do not experience sensational massacres or high crime rates. Switzerland fits this mold. But the United States does not. As H. Rap Brown declared in the 1960s, “Violence is as American as apple pie.”"
Americans have become a bunch of hyper-sensitive, whiny, complaining, soft, politically correct, clingy, needy, infantilized sissies who expend their valuable energy on being offended and afraid. The culture shift away from independence and resourcefulness, and the move toward helplessness, oh-help-me-ness, and government-granted everything has been a really gruesome phenomenon to watch.