By: Kyle James | 03-30-2018 | News
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Switzerland Has High Gun Ownership But No Mass Shootings

When mass shootings occur in the United States, the left loves to point a crooked finger at the guns as being the main culprit. But if the huge amount of guns is the cause, then why does Switzerland, a country with high gun ownership, have no mass shootings?

Switzerland has around 2 million privately owned guns in a population of 8.3 million people, but the country only had 47 homicides with firearms in 2016. Some hunting weapons in the country don't even require a permit to own. In fact, Switzerland has an obsession with skilled shooting.

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Each year, the country holds a shooting contest for kids between the ages of 13 and 17 that dates back to the 1600s. The traditional annual festival is known as Zurich's Knabenschiessen which roughly translates to "boys shooting". The event started as being only boys but eventually, the rules were altered to allow teenage girls in 1991.

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The competition seeks the most accurate shooter in the country and many hold pride in their ability to shoot. The winner of the event is crowned a king or queen of marksmen called a Schutzenkonig.

Besides having a true respect for marksmanship and firearms, the nation has remained neutral in surrounding conflicts for over 200 years thanks to having an armed citizenry. The Swiss people's mantra is "armed neutrality" which has kept them out of any international conflict since 1815. Some Swiss soldiers do however help with peacekeeping missions around the globe.

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The Swiss even see gun ownership as part of a patriotic duty to protect their beloved country. That is no doubt due in part to the nation's mandatory military service for men between the ages of 18-34 and deemed "fit for service". These men are given a pistol or a rifle and trained on how to use them.

When their service is over, the men are allowed to buy and keep their services weapons with a permit. So why are there no mass shootings in Switzerland? While there may not be any single concrete factor to point to, it's probably got a lot to do with their view on gun ownership. Also, the country doesn't let people in who hate Switzerland and who don't understand the culture and how the country has maintained its success.

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Anonymous No. 21875 2018-03-30 : 13:10

It's parenting that causes these massacres! Parents are more like friends than "the boss" in a lot of cases. Moms that have kids young and are only 15 or so years apart seem to frequently fall into this in my experience. When I was a kid I had a fear about doing stupid stuff cause I had the highest respect for my father. During childhood I was more fearful of what dad would do than getting arrested by the cops. Looking back I'm glad he made me a responsible conservative second amendment supporter and above all a loyal patriot to the greatest country ever.

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