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Does Switzerland need to tighten its gun laws?

The Local · 10 Nov 2011, 10:46

Published: 10 Nov 2011 10:46 GMT+01:00

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Switzerland's gun laws came into sharp focus again this week after a young militiaman shot and killed his girlfriend with his army service rifle. Later, a man died from his injuries after a shooting incident at a Geneva shopping centre.

What do you think? Does the country need to get tougher on gun possession in the light of these recent killings?

- Brutal killing sparks army gun debate

- Geneva shopping centre shooting victim dies

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2011-11-10 15:39:27 by HoppSuisse
I don’t think that people understand how guns play a very large role in our culture. Many small villages have shooting tournaments and I think about every town has at least one shooting house where we can go to shoot. I have 2 within walking distance. Army types have to qualify every year in these shooting houses and in the summer one can often hear them ( the hills are alive with the sound of freedom). The sides of the houses open up and the targets are outside in the farmers field. I say this because considering how many guns are here there is very little violent crime involving guns. How many people are shot every day in a large US city like NY or LA?

Often those who commit suicide will use a gun. But consider that France has so many people jumping in front of trains that they have posted fliers asking people to not use the train for suicide because it is slowing the whole system down. And think of the poor traumatized conductors, how would you like to work on a job running people down all the time? Someone has to pick up the body parts you know. Shall the French out-law trains or make stricter laws in their use?

Guns are not a problem, it is a people/social problem. Depression kills, making stricter laws would not have made a difference in these cases IMO

2011-11-10 12:43:56 by aeronaut
I think it's fairly obvious that Switzerland's gun laws are insane. The gun lobby people say: Guns don't kill people, people do. Well yes, but guns sure make it an awful lot easier.
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