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Originally posted by khunmoon
Yes, they seem to be a proud freedom loving people...without the greed of expansion (I don't think they ever had a colony)
Originally posted by bovarcher
and 'only' about 300 murders/annum with firearms, in a population of 7.5 million (a national murder rate in total more than double that of the UK).
Interesting society model.
Further information: Gun violence and Crime in Switzerland
Police statistics for the year 2006 records 34 killings or attempted killings involving firearms, compared to 69 cases involving bladed weapons and 16 cases of unarmed assault. Cases of assault resulting in bodily harm numbered 89 (firearms) and 526 (bladed weapons). This represents a decline of aggravated assaults involving firearms since the early 1990s. Some 300 deaths per year are due to legally held army ordinance weapons, the large majority of these being suicides. The majority of gun crimes involving domestic violence are perpetrated with army ordinance weapons, while the majority of gun crime outside the domestic sphere involves illegally held firearms.
So in conclusion, Switzerland is not less safe for individuals than any other western country with stricter gun laws.
Originally posted by laiguana
The only good thing about Switzerland is their cheese. I suppose it also looks good if you're some foreign corporate criminal and you need a bank to secure your hard earnings.
Originally posted by Straight Razor
A model for the world? They recently gave women the vote, have lousy cuisine, and are best know for cuckoo clocks and guards who wear dresses. That's hardly role model material IMO.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
Switzerland was starting look really racist according to some of the posts here.
Originally posted by Swordbeast
The bigger problem seems to be the perception that foreigners get Swiss citizenship but never truly integrate into our society and then at some point commit crimes.
This has been pushed somewhat by our media, in light of some recent knife-fights and massive speedings with multiple lethal accidents, that involved mainly people from the Balkans and Turkey.