One Country Is Destroying The Left’s Anti-Gun Rhetoric

Since the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February, and a recent shooting at the headquarters of YouTube in California, the left has continued their rant to disarm Americans at every opportunity.

Time and again, the truth behind America’s gun violence problem is exposed – and the facts prove it is not about guns.

Now, one country’s statistics on gun violence are proving the gun grabbers wrong again.

Switzerland has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in relation to their population, and yet they enjoy a very low crime rate – and a murder rate of nearly zero.

“The country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. In 2016, the country had 47 attempted homicides with firearms. The country’s overall murder rate is near zero,” writes Business Insider. 

Firearms ownership is extremely important to the Swiss, and yet there has not been a mass shooting in the country since 2001 when a man stormed Parliament and killed 14 people.

So while the left tells us that we shouldn’t have a right to keep and bear arms because “guns kill people,” why then is there so little gun violence in Switzerland?

The answer is fairly simple:  The Swiss teach their children from a young age how to safely use and be comfortable with firearms.  Guns are an important part of their culture.

Time Magazine reported:

The Swiss are very serious not only about their right to own weapons but also to carry them around in public. Because of this general acceptance and even pride in gun ownership, nobody bats an eye at the sight of a civilian riding a bus, bike or motorcycle to the shooting range, with a rifle slung across the shoulder.

One of the reasons the crime rate in Switzerland is low despite the prevalence of weapons… is the culture of responsibility and safety that is anchored in society and passed from generation to generation. Kids as young as 12 belong to gun groups in their local communities, where they learn sharpshooting.

And yet, despite such easy access to pistols and rifles, “no members have ever used their guns for criminal purposes,” says Max Flueckiger, [a shooting club] association’s spokesperson.

“Social conditions are fundamental in deterring crime,” says Peter Squires, professor of criminology and public policy at the University of Brighton in Great Britain, who has studied gun violence in different countries and concluded that a “culture of support” rather than focus on individualism, can deter mass killings.

“If people have a responsible, disciplined and organized introduction into an activity like shooting, there will be less risk of gun violence,” he tells TIME.  That sense of social and civic responsibility is one of the reasons the Swiss have never allowed their guns to come under fire.

Law-abiding American gun owners, and gun groups and clubs all advocate for the same simple things the Swiss do to keep gun use safe.

Both the Swiss and American gun groups sponsor shooting sports, safety classes, and advocate for teaching respect and proper use of firearms.  No one disagrees that using firearms should come with a healthy respect.

The bottom line is, the right to self-defense and enjoyment of shooting sports is part of the Swiss culture.  It is accepted and a source of national pride.  Families shoot together, and children are taught the fundamentals of shooting just like any other skill as they grow.

Gun violence is extremely low in Switzerland because, well, guns are everywhere – and virtually everyone knows how to shoot.

There are no Gun-Free Zones inviting criminals to go on shooting sprees without any resistance or ability of the victims to defend themselves.  The very idea would be ludicrous to the Swiss, and yet they haven’t had a mass shooting in nearly twenty years.

Activist Mommy reported:

While Second Amendment advocates see the right to bear arms as essential to, well “the security of a free State” as the wording of the Second Amendment explicitly states, Business Insider says that the Swiss “see gun ownership as part of a patriotic duty to protect their homeland.”

[And] here’s one that would make a leftist’s head explode: the Swiss have an insanely secure border. Seriously–it’s designed to blow up on command in many locations. So the Swiss have an inherent respect for security.

The Swiss are some of the “happiest” people in the world according to UN surveys, which…acknowledges that violence is a people problem, not a gun problem.

Switzerland is a prime example of a country with very few gun regulations and very little gun violence.

It’s little wonder the left never mentions Switzerland in their gun control rants, as the country’s statistics relating to guns and gun violence would make their argument implode.

What do you think about the pro-gun culture of Switzerland and their low crime rates?  Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

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