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Re: Guns

cyberpainter wrote:
Cat500 wrote:
Firearm related deaths per 100,000 (inc suicide)
US = 10.2 (World Ranking 10)
Switzerland = 3.5 (World Ranking 21)

Firearm related deaths per 100,000 (Homicide only)
US = 3.7 (World Ranking 14)
Switzerland = 0.52 (World Ranking 31)

Switzerland doesn't have an army. Therefore, their system isn't comparable. They also have a very high standard of living and crime is low. The number of people in Switzerland is so low it's like one large city. Again, not comparable.

My understanding is rather limited, but what I do know about the Swiss military is that they are a special case:
Though the state has a tradition of military neutrality, they are a bunch of paranoid muthafuckas who require every adult male to be armed and ready to defend the country in the unlikely event that someone tries to invade their useless pile of rocks or steal their clock-making technology... In other words: the rate of gun ownership in Switzerland is always misleading, since their unique system of mandatory miltary service requires an awful lot of folks to keep guns in their homes.

Dec 21, 2012, 07:11


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