|Swiss family enjoying their Sig 550|
The Swiss approach national security differently than most other 1st world nations, especially those in Europe. Their standing army is relatively small and all men are required to serve in the militia. Men from 18 to 34 years of age must obtain military training and then return home, as a member of the Swiss militia, with their rifles. Only 5% of the Swiss army are professional (full-time) soldiers, the rest are conscripts in the militia.
The Swiss have a long history of firearms ownership and their country is often cited as an example of how private citizens owning military firearms doesn't necessarily increase crime. Swiss crime has always been low, even for Europe, despite having millions of gun owners in a nation of only 8 million people. Gun related murders totaled just 24 in 2009.
Why are the Swiss entertaining this legislation then? The leftists behind the referendum claim it's to reduce the number of firearms related suicides. Switzerland has the highest rate of suicide in Europe it's reported.
Here in the United States, we're all too familiar with these leftist anti-gun tactics. We have our rights threatened every year by those on the left who claim they want to "save the children" or, more recently, to prevent violence against politicians. All it takes is one shooting which gets national attention, and the proposed legislation begins to fly around the hall of Congress. It seems the Swiss suffer from a similar phenomena in their small Alpine country. Anti-gunners are the same all over.
I hope the Swiss are able to defeat this referendum and maintain their rights, not to mention keep their militia and thus national defense strong. It seems the gun grabbers never worry about things like national security or personal safety in their never ending quest to grab guns.
I'll leave you with this video about Switzerland and their time honored tradition of firearms ownership.
The Swiss voted to keep their firearms. News can be found here.