Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Gun-Happy Swiss

Absurdem Est
Res Ipsa Loquitor

Res Ipsa Loquitor

You can see immediately where this is going.  An NPR "special series" on guns in America.  Did I say NPR?  The thing is,  I've been holding this for a week; it was originally published last March, pre-dating the "Navy-Yard" shootings, so that's not what compels me.  What does is having another exemplar of Liberal writing about guns.

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson here looks at Switzerland- whoops
"Gun Loving" Switzerland," an immediate tip-off to mindset.   She is not a fan. So, what's good and bad about gun loving Switzerland?.  Read it.  See if you can find the "hasn't worked."  I found these.
  • Swiss — like Americans — are grappling (oft used Liberal fun word for unsubstantiated predicates with the question of gun control these days after shooting attacks like one on Feb. 27 that killed four people in a factory outside Lucerne.
  • Firearm deaths in Switzerland take place at just one-seventh the rate that they occur in the United States. But researchers say guns are often used in suicides and crimes of passion in Switzerland. (OMFG! Is she saying that with no access to guns there would be no suicides?)
  • Gun control advocates argue Swiss authorities have lost track of too many of these military-issued guns, which account for most of the 2.5 million-plus guns in Switzerland. (That's what "gun control advocates do you twit.  Else they would not be  gun control advocates. )
Here are a few of the good.
  • "Gun politics in Switzerland are unique in Europe. Switzerland does not have a standing army, instead opting for a people's militia for its national defense." (Wiki)
  • "It's a tradition that some historians say kept the Nazis from trying to overrun Switzerland during World War II."(Article)
What an awkward sentence.  "It's a tradition that some historians say ..." What does  that mean"Tradition;" "Some historians?"  If you're going to throw in that qualifier, then I  expect a citation for historians who omit that tradition.  And does not mentioning something automatically mean dissent?  Of course not. 

I think the reader will find that the "what's worked" column dominates this article.  Even if the reader is not aware that tax payer subsidized NPR is a nest of cloistered Liberals, with little knowledge of the other side of any issue they advocate; and that they make shit up, a lot;  the reader will like and admire the gun happy Swiss.  Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was not able to make a sow's ear from a silk purse. 


Steve in Greensboro said...

From Wikipedia "...On 25 July 1940, General Guisan [commander of the Swiss Army] delivered a historic address to the entire Swiss Officer Corps…He made it very clear that Switzerland would resist any Nazi invasion. If they ran out of bullets they were to resort to the bayonet. He said that Switzerland would defend itself against any invader and would never surrender….Indeed, Swiss citizens had been instructed to regard any surrender broadcast as enemy lies and resist to the end..."

The Swiss: surrounded by the Third Reich in the 1940s and prevailed, surrounded by the Fourth Reich in the 21st Century and still holding out.

Jess said...

It seems the Swiss could give a rat's ass about the opinion of gun control advocates. That's a good attitude and should be taught in all U.S. schools as the proper way to address Fascists.

iri said...

Two things about this piss me off; first, the pretty little gals have fully automatic weapons and I don't. Second, they don't have Houston's "Katrina Victims", or the usual victims of Houston's "Katrina Victims" to deal with. In addition they don't have Obama either so I'm the one that needs a fully automatic weapon.

Jess said...

I'm betting they'd shoot off your pee-pee at 100 yards if you messed with them, AND their parents don't worry about creepy gangsta thugs.

drew458 said...

100 yards? That's pistol distance to the Swiss. They do rifles at 300 meters as a national pastime.

Anonymous said...

"Ein Switzer, Sieben Deutcher"

MAX Redline said...

I'm heading to the gun shop before they run out of those AR-15 shotguns that CNN was banging on about.

Steve in Greensboro said...

The Swiss Federal Constitution was modeled on ours, with a relatively weak central government with limited, enumerated powers. The Swiss Cantons hold most of the power today, just as the American States did originally. There are nests of commies in Switzerland, but they are isolated in certain Cantons and don't infect the rest of the country.

According to Heritage, Switzerland ranks 5th in terms of freedom, while the U.S. ranks 10th.

The Swiss defended their version of our Constitution. We didn't defend the original.

iri said...

"The Swiss defended their version of our Constitution"

Let's face it, the Swiss were never a threat to anybody neither were or are they much of a prize. Not to diminish their martial culture but they haven't had to fire a shot in 500 years. It's not because they are so scary it because they are not worth the effort. They are the bank of the ratbastards and the ratbastards are not going to rob themselves.
The fact is, the Swiss suck. My opinion of course.

Anonymous said...

"... in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." ~Harry Lime


Anonymous said...

Plus you gotta have one short leg to walk around those mountains...

Rodger the Real King of France said...

You forgot Swiss chocolate and cheese Casca. (wasn't the cuckoo clock Bavarian?)

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