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The Swiss Example

They pushed for ammunition restrictions in the home, now they want to the whole kaboodle:

He said a national register had to be created to keep track of the weapons, something police had long been seeking.

Lang said the weapons had to be “banished” from homes.

Barbara Weil, of the Swiss Medical Association, said it had been scientifically proven that if the guns were less freely available the number of suicides would drop.

Despite the fact that the Swiss have one of the lowest rates of crime in the industrialized world, the anti-gun groups in Switzerland managed to get registration, and now, what do you know, they are pushing for confiscation.

Confiscation always seem to follow registration.  It’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you.

7 Responses to “The Swiss Example”

  1. It’s amazing to me that the one country in Europe that avoided Nazi occupation in WWII largely because of its civilian firearms ownership is now abandoning such common sense logic.

    It seems that the because of the lack of violence due to guns, when violence does occur, it seems all that heinous to the populace, because they’re not used to it. This in turn sparks a knee-jerk reaction to “do something”, which always turns out to be foolish, whether it’s related to guns or not.

  2. Eseell says:

    “Lang said their presence ‘at the heart’ of the population could not be justified.”

    Really? What good is a citizen militia if they cannot arm themselves when called? I hope the Swiss are not setting themselves up for a painful lesson.

  3. Chas says:

    Total disarmament of all private citizens to achieve only a slight drop in the suicide rate? What’s the ulterior motive?

  4. Sanchez aka "Jack of All Trades" says:

    If I were a conspiracy theorist I’d say “European Union anyone?”….

  5. AntiCitizenOne says:

    sure, it’s not like people hang themselves with ropes, or fall on knives, or sit inside their cars with the exhaust going into the car, or jump off high places, or drink a gallon of drain cleaner.

    yeah, we should ban those because we care so much about you.

  6. Xrlq says:

    I think it’s more the exception than the rule for confiscation to follow registration. Chicago and DC banned new guns and registered old ones simultaneously, and many Chicago suburbs (e.g., Evanston) banned guns without ever having registered them in the first place. Ironically, one of Dick Heller’s key arguments was that he wanted to register a gun and they District wouldn’t let him. He won, so in his case, registration actually followed confiscation.

  7. Chuck B. says:

    “Barbara Weil, of the Swiss Medical Association, said it had been scientifically proven that if the guns were less freely available the number of suicides would drop.”

    I would love to see this Swiss lady’s “scientific proof” of such a claim. There used to be widely accepted “scientific proof” back in the times of Renaissance Europe that the earth was flat, too, while Galileo was getting hassled by the Catholic Church for daring to say that the earth was not at the center of the solar system and the entire universe itself.

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