Swiss Miss

What’s the deal with Switzerland? Seemingly overnight every denizen of Greater Wingnuttia is burning up the ‘tubes extolling the virtues of this land of chocolate, yodeling, fine watches, and dirty untraceable Nazi plunder. According to half of Facebook, in Switzerland literally every single person owns a semiautomatic rifle and no one ever gets shot there ever. So whaddaya say to THAT, stoopid librul?

First, let me say that it’s nice that all of you found at least one aspect of European culture to admire. I’d’ve preferred it be the Uffizi, but it’s a start.

Second, does someone send out a newsletter to get you all chattering at the same time? Your ability to all say the same thing simultaneously is truly astounding. With progressives, it’s like, everyone wants to share their feelings about what message we want to send and then we need to reach consensus and make sure the message is inclusive and no one is left out, and by then the only ones left in the drum circle are the smelly ones and the ones who are only there for the donuts.

Third, let’s just talk about Switzerland for a moment, shall we?

Yes, Switzerland does have one of the highest militia gun ownership rates in the world. It also has one of the lowest murder rates (just 53 in 2010) in the world. So you guys are absolutely correct in your basic argument that a high gun ownership rate does not automatically result in a high murder rate.

Except for one little fact that none of you mentioned on Facebook:

Only 2,000 specialist militia members (who protect airports and other sites of particular sensitivity) are permitted to keep their military-issued ammunition at home. The rest of the militia get their ammunition from their military armory in the event of an emergency.

Here’s Ezra Klein with more on Switzerland and Israel.

And more here.

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