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|Subject: Re: Gun Control?--How's the War on Drugs Coming?||Date: 1/31/2013 11:10 AM|
|Author: DufusGoneSplat||Number: 669506 of 795031|
While many of the statements in your post have varying degrees of accuracy, I wanted to concentrate on the comments about Switzerland, as they are re-posted regularly.
SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN!
Switzerland has 45.7 guns per 100 residents vs the US's 88.8 guns per 100 residents.
SWITZERLAND'S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE!
Switzerland does not have a standing army, instead opting for a people's militia for its national defense. The vast majority of men between the ages of 20 and 30 are conscripted into the militia and undergo military training, including weapons training. The personal weapons of the militia are kept at home as part of the military obligations;
Is this the political position conservatives are promoting - conscripted military service?
To purchase a firearm in a commercial shop, one needs to have a Waffenerwerbsschein (weapon acquisition permit). A permit allows the purchase of three firearms. Everyone over the age of 18 who is not psychiatrically disqualified (such as having had a history of endangering his own life or the lives of others) or identified as posing security problems, and who has a clean criminal record (requires a Criminal Records Bureau che