“Official results from a national referendum on gun control showed that more than half of Switzerland’s 26 cantons voted against an initiative which aimed to ban army rifles from households in an attempt to reduce domestic shootings and a record number of suicides.” So that’s that then. Well, except for the Britain’s independent.co.uk impugning the result by associating it with racism. “A gun ban was strongly opposed by the populist, right-wing Swiss People’s Party, which organised a referendum last year banning minaret building at mosques.” OMG! They banned minarets! What will Switzerland’s Pinocchio-loving Muslims do? Let’s hope they don’t kill themselves or go postal . . .
Switzerland has the highest rate of gun suicide in Europe, with around 300 self-inflicted deaths each year involving a firearm. There have also been a number of high-profile killings. Swiss skiing star Corinne Rey-Bellet was shot dead by her estranged husband in 2006. One mass shooting involved a commercial version of the Swiss army’s SG 550 semi-automatic assault rifle.
That’s it? Three hundred firearms-related suicides out of a population of 7.8 million? One celebrity shooting and a single mass killing in 1991 (the Zug massacre)? For that they wanted the Swiss to give up their access to firearms used for their citizen militia? Wow.