Posted by NikkiT2 on February 17, 2006, at 13:44:24
In reply to Re: Did you know? » deirdrehbrt, posted by AuntieMel on February 17, 2006, at 12:57:32
Thats not quite correct (re Switzerland)
Each adult man, of sound mind and body as they say, has to do national service. After national service they then are required to keep a gun, safelt locked away, in order to be called up to form a militia if the country were invaded.
Their gun crime rates are incredibly low.
Some of the reasons I believe this to be, compared to the US, is that a) all of the men are trained in how to use the gun correctly b) the gun stays locked upsafely and not carried around at all c)their idea of a militia is the correct usage of the term.
I do think the rest of the world, especially countries where guns are "legal" have an awful lot to learn from this system.
The problem isn't with the guns or the people. Its with the gun laws and attitudes.