The referendum today would have been the beginning of the end of the Swiss shooting culture had it passed. Fortunately, they rejected it. The Swiss will still be able to keep army guns in the home. The vote was 56 against. But they will definitely, try again, I think:
The result is a blow for supporters – a broad coalition of NGOs, trade unions, churches, pacifists and centre-left parties.
But Alliance F, a leading women’s organization behind the vote, said progress had been made and the campaign had sensitised society to the gun control issue.
The “no” committee and Swiss army officers society welcomed the failure of the initiative, saying the people would not allow themselves to be disarmed.Â It was a clear vote for the army and protection, they said.
They will be back. You can bet on it.