Originally posted by totallackey
reply to post by links234
In Switzerland, it is mandatory to own a gun. I think Archie Bunker had it right...give everyone a gun and train them on its proper use and care...if
they fail to do this, then punish them for the failure...
Please do not take a stand on something you do not details of.
It is not mandatory in Switzerland to own a gun...
To own a gun one needs a permit, which is granted for owning a maximum of three weapons. For getting the permit, one needs to meet to requirements.
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 can get the permit. The background checks are strong there.
Automatic weapons, silencers, some other weapons are forbidden from sale. Special permits are granted (these need to meet other requirements for
example owning a special locker for the gun and etc)
Probably you took the myth of mandatory guns from the militia.
Every guy between 20 and 30 needs to go to military (if no psychological problems). Each such individual is required to keep his army-issued personal
weapon (the 5.56x45mm Sig 550 rifle for enlisted personnel and/or the 9mm SIG-Sauer P220 semi-automatic pistol for officers, military police, medical
and postal personnel) at home or (as of 2010) in the local armoury (Zeughaus). After the trainings these people and in the reserve until 30. During
that period they are required to keep a gun at home or at local armoury. After they are 30, they are not in the reserve anymore. They are given option
whether to keep a gun or not. Although in order to keep, a licence is needed for it.
Switzerland is a small country and that is how their military works. Every person is required to do gun training there also. Everything is for the
fast response. If somebody attack in every community there is part of the reserve in order to defend it.
The culture is so different from US. They are much more of community and less individualistic than most Americans. These countries are simply
uncomparable. In US far more people are only in for themselves, In Switzerland there is much more we than I. If something was banned then even when
some people may not like the idea, they understand that even when I might lose something because of it, we as a community win from it, our country
wins from it.
I did not mean to offends US or generalise too much in anyway (there are all kinds people and communities that differ from each other a lot) although
the cultural difference exists.
edit on 21-4-2013 by Cabin because: (no reason given)