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Guns And The Swiss

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Interesting article from the BBC about how the Swiss handle the gun situation.

Because, for being such a historically neutral country, they’ve certainly got a very militaristic attitude:

The country has a population of six million, but there are estimated to be at least two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols.

This is in a very large part due to Switzerland’s unique system of national defence, developed over the centuries.

Instead of a standing, full-time army, the country requires every man to undergo some form of military training for a few days or weeks a year throughout most of their lives.

Between the ages of 21 and 32 men serve as frontline troops. They are given an M-57 assault rifle and 24 rounds of ammunition which they are required to keep at home.

Once discharged, men serve in the Swiss equivalent of the US National Guard, but still have to train occasionally and are given bolt rifles. Women do not have to own firearms, but are encouraged to.

Mandatory gun ownership for guys. Well, I guess if you’re usually a neutral country and somebody thinks about invading you, a gun in every house is the way to go. Instant guerilla warriors.