Monday, January 11, 2010

Switzerland's Unique System of National Defense - Guns and Training Given To All Men

I found this video very interesting.  Maybe we should take a lesson from the Swiss.  (Makes me want to head back to the shooting range.)

Via:  The 9/12 Apparently Switzerland Agrees With Our 2nd Amendment

Info from YouTube video:
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The key to freedom is to be able to have the ability to defend yourself &, if you dont have the tools to do that, then youre going to be at the mercy of whomever wants to put you away.

Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture - but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept.

The country has a population of six million, but there are estimated to be at least two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols.

This is in a very large part due to Switzerland's unique system of national defence, developed over the centuries.

Instead of a standing, full-time army, the country requires every man to undergo some form of military training for a few days or weeks a year throughout most of their lives.

Between the ages of 21 and 32 men serve as frontline troops. They are given an M-57 assault rifle and 24 rounds of ammunition which they are required to keep at home.

Once discharged, men serve in the Swiss equivalent of the US National Guard, but still have to train occasionally and are given bolt rifles. Women do not have to own firearms, but are encouraged to.

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  1. Switzerland does have a standing army in which every young man is expected to serve for two years (?) but he is then in the armed reserve for life.
    It is one reason why Hitler left them alone in WW2.
    I have visted Switzerland a number of times since childhood and can confirm that its atmosphere is everything they show on the chocolate box; easygoing, fun, efficient, well mannered end never a gun in sight.
    Crime did not used to be much of an issue but it has become so in Switzerlands major cities, for the usual reasons.

  2. Our government would love to take our 2nd amendment right to bear arms away from us.
    The biggest criminals we have to be afraid of in the US is the Obama administration.


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