03 November 2009

What We Can Learn From the Swiss


Switzerland is in the middle of Europe. Many wars have begun in Europe, but no one has invaded Switzerland in more than 200 years. Why?

Every Swiss household is required to own a gun. Switzerland requires all men from 20 to 50, except convicted criminals, to serve in the militia. It requires militiamen to pass marksmanship tests. Many Swiss women practice marksmanship voluntarily.

Swiss train to be snipers. Colonels, generals and those above them know that they would be prime targets if they invaded Switzerland.

Contrary to what many people would think, there are a few gun accidents in Switzerland. From the time that they are small children, Swiss are taught to respect guns. The crime rate is low. Criminals avoid homes where they know guns are present. 

When a government fears its people, it takes guns from them, as was done in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. A government that is supported by its people does not take away guns because that makes them vulnerable to criminals. The Swiss government trusts its people to support it, and they do.

Again, Switzerland occupies one of the most dangerous locations in the world, but it stayed out of both world wars.

Switzerland doesn’t have an army. Switzerland is an army.

Article link is here.


7 comments:

Chad and Jessica's Family said...

Interesting. Common sense says everyone should own a gun!!! Our pathetic government makes me so mad!!!!

Jessica

Cinnamon said...

What a great post and sooo true!

~Cinnamon

Tianna said...

Gave me shivers reading the last two lines,
"Again, Switzerland occupies one of the most dangerous locations in the world, but it stayed out of both world wars.

Switzerland doesn’t have an army. Switzerland is an army."

Makes so much sense!

Karies place said...

I like that.

Ritsumei said...

I didn't have any idea how it is that the Swiss stayed out of those wars. Thanks for sharing!

Becca said...

Cool! Is that the one your "developing a relationship with?" Tee hee!

mommyx12 said...

HaHa Becca. So funny I forgot to laugh!!!!!!! But no, that's not it. However, mine looks exactly like this one. The one in the picture is Vance Jr.s. I just got mine a few months ago. The arm belongs to Christie!! Just in case you were wondering.

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