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Gary, is gun ownership really the problem?

Posted: July 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The July 17 column by lefty standard-bearer Gary Horton ("American Gun Laws Are A License To Kill") was chock-full of the usual hysterical anti-gun talking points, the big one seeming to revolve around his strained attempt at comparison to the draconian gun restrictions in the UK.

Horton neglects to mention that since gun ownership has been virtually banned over there, the incidence rate of violent crimes against hapless unarmed citizens has skyrocketed, particularly in a category known as hot burglaries, defined as the bad guys breaking into homes they know are occupied.

Of course, since they no longer have to fear armed homeowners, why wouldn’t they?

But if gun ownership is the problem, why doesn’t Horton — or any of the other gun haters screeching about private gun ownership — ever mention Switzerland?

You see, in that country gun ownership is virtually universal. In fact, it’s mandatory.

Almost every Swiss citizen is a member of the military, either on active duty or in the militia, and by law they are required to keep and store their military weapons, along with ammunition, in their homes.

That includes full-auto assault weapons and sub-machine guns.

If guns are the problem, how come the streets of Geneva aren’t running ankle-deep in blood?



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