Thursday, June 03, 2010
Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Gun Crime Rate In The World
Which country in Europe has the lowest gun crime? (Yes, there's a clue in the title of this piece, but just go with it.)
Which country in Europe has the highest number of guns per capita?
Yep, you guessed it.
As a regular traveller there myself to visit my Swiss relatives, I still flinch a bit when I see groups of men wandering around Zurich Hauptbahnhof railway station carrying machine guns and other automatic weapons, or when some badly-moustached bloke who lives upstairs in the apartment building hops on a tram with rifle (which one always presumes is fully loaded), but you get used to it.
You also get used to feeling TOTALLY SAFE in Switzerland. Yes, the federal government there has tried to ingratiate itself with the EU by allowing in lot of immigrants who the Swiss people would rather had stayed in the old Yugoslavia because of the crime they commit, and I'm sure there's SOME gun crime amongst these badly-integrated immigrants. However, do not let the British press in the next few days bamboozle you with stories of gun-crime USA or gun-crime Britain, to further restrict your rights to bear arms.
Ask yourself, if so many people in Switzerland carry guns (and legally, every Swiss man over a certain age MUST bear arms), and if gun crime in Switzerland is so low, then why must all Englishmen be stripped down to lockless penknives with blades less than an inch long (and they'll probably ban these too, eventually).
Just look at the equation:
HIGH GUN Switzerland = LOW GUN CRIME Country (actually, virtually non-existent gun crime)
LOW GUN England = HIGH GUN CRIME England
Will lowering the amount of legal guns in England even further somehow make this equation magically reverse itself? If there are no legal guns left in the country whatsoever, except those possessed by angels in state uniforms, do you really think all gun crime will disappear?
Yes, Tonto. But only if you read about Fantasy Land in The Guardian.
As Dr Gabb said yesterday, until an Englishman can once again go into a gun store with nothing but cash and no ID, to buy any amount of weaponry and ammunition he likes, as was once his right, then gun crime is going to do nothing but get even worse, especially once the disastrous economic effects of government money printing really start ramming home.
Guns started being really restricted in this country in 1920, when the British government feared a Russian-style revolution. It was NOTHING to do with crime figures. Ever since that time, gun crime has increased in Britain, until we now expect a Hungerford-style massacre every ten years.
The more we control guns, the lower this ten-year figure will shrink, until it just becomes an annual or semi-annual 'going postal' event. There will be much gnashing and wailing of teeth, and more and more controls, but that won't stop me from being any more right about it, will it?
HT to Mr G