Law-abiding gun owners have had their names dragged through the mud since the media began their post-Parkland crusade against guns.
Grief-stricken teenagers who know next-to-nothing about gun crime statistics, laws governing firearms, or the Constitution, have been basking in the glory of the relentless media coverage they’ve received, spewing profanities and blatantly accusing the NRA and gun-rights advocates everywhere of having blood on their hands.
The rhetoric is disgusting and sickening and simply not backed by data.
While gun violence is often classified as an “American problem” because we have a unique affinity for gun culture, it is important not to assess the US in a vacuum. Is the US the only country that values the importance of the right to bear arms?
While you might hear how few gun deaths occur in countries like Canada, Japan, or the UK, toted as evidence that mass gun control works, the left will rarely mention Switzerland, a country with a heavily armed populace that has enjoyed peace and relatively low crime rates for decades.
“The country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. In 2016, the country had 47 attempted homicides with firearms. The country’s overall murder rate is near zero,” writes Business Insider.
Switzerland is known for being neutral, but the fact that their citizens are well armed and quite comfortable with firearm use and safety is the cornerstone of this unique status.
Business Insider recently sought to juxtapose the national attitude towards firearms in the US vs. Switzerland, but they ended up (most likely inadvertently) making a great argument for the kinds of programs, education, and attitude that the most vocal Second Amendment advocates are in favor of.
Switzerland hasn’t had a mass shooting since 2001, when a man stormed the local parliament in Zug, killing 14 people and then himself.
The country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. In 2016, the country had 47 attempted homicides with firearms. The country’s overall murder rate is near zero.
The National Rifle Association often points to Switzerland to argue that more rules on gun ownership aren’t necessary. In 2016, the NRA said on its blog that the European country had one of the lowest murder rates in the world while still having millions of privately owned guns and a few hunting weapons that don’t even require a permit.
But the Swiss have some specific rules and regulations for gun use.
Their rules, which Business Insider might think are a “gotcha” to the 2A lobby, are things that gun rights advocates and groups like the NRA adamantly support; the NRA funds via their charitable organization, Friends of the NRA.
While the NRA funds ROTC, shooting sports, and gun safety workshops across the country, the Swiss government credits their youth shooting events and compulsory military service with their healthy respect for guns and gun safety.
While Second Amendment advocates see the right to bear arms as essential to, well “the security of a free State” as the wording of the Second Amendment explicitly states, Business Insider says that the Swiss “see gun ownership as part of a patriotic duty to protect their homeland.”
Here’s one that would make a leftist’s head explode: the Swiss have an insanely secure border. Seriously–it’s designed to blow up on command in many locations. So the Swiss have an inherent respect for security.
The article also points out that the Swiss have incredibly tight gun registration and prohibitions against the mentally ill, the violent, or the incompetent from owning a firearm. This is, of course, as if the US doesn’t make it downright impossible to carry or to buy certain weapons in many states, or as if we don’t have stringent background check procedures or federal oversight for firearm dealer licenses, of course.
“Gun owners who want to carry their weapon for ‘defensive purposes,'” the article notes, “also have to prove they can properly load, unload, and shoot their weapon and must pass a test to get a license,” something that is true for many states that issue concealed carry licenses.
The article also notes that the Swiss are some of the “happiest” people in the world according to UN surveys, which inadvertantly notes awknowledges that violence is a people problem, not a gun problem.