One of the most heavily armed countries in the world also has one of the lowest crime rates. The country I am referring to is ... Switzerland. In this country there are almost 2 million publically owned firearms stored in citizen soldiers' residences - this includes over a half million fully automatic weapons and ammunition.
Recently a coalition of Swedish
socialists progressives tried to remove these weapons from the homes of citizen soldiers. From Sunday's Deutsche Welle:
Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a proposal to ban army firearms from their homes, following a nationwide referendum.
The referendum was launched by a coalition of non-governmental groups, religious authorities and center-left parties, who sought to get the weapons stored in armories instead.
Voters upheld their national tradition of having an ever-ready army, and many see keeping a weapon at home as a crucial aspect of national identity.
Just two hours after polls closed, 22 out of 26 cantons returned final results, with a majority of cantons - 17 - voting firmly against the move. For the referendum to have passed, it would have needed the support both a majority of cantons and a majority of people.
Progressives also promote the deaths of people who have committed no crime; i.e., abortion, euthanasia and Teri Schiavo-style slow death by starvation. So why should they argue against a gun suicide since one less adult means a smaller carbon footprint for Mama Gaia? Oh, of course - an evil firearm was used. No mention of suicide by rope, dagger, train, bus, bridge, booze, boa constrictor or aspirin. They have no problem with that.
Tomorrow: What the GAO and ATF refuse to tell you about gun crime in Mexico.