The Swiss government had put out a referendum to ban army fireguns from Swiss homes. This referendum, however, had been overwhelmingly rejected. I am glad that this referendum did not pass. After all, Switzerland has had a long history of gun ownership. Aside from chocolate, watches, and skiing, Switzerland is also known for its militia. This militia has served Switzerland well, most notably keeping them out of both World Wars.
I'm sure those on the Left weren't happy about the referendum. According to them, guns kill people. You would think that if this were the case, Switzerland would be a nation out of control with gun violence since Switzerland is the European country with the largest ratio of gun ownership per capita. Quite the contrary! The rate of gun-related crimes is so low in Switzerland that they don't really even keep track. Why would that be? My educated guess is that Swiss citizens are brought up to respect the power and responsibility of gun ownership, as well as understanding the deterring effect of committing a crime since everybody owns a gun in Switzerland. This is wonderful because Switzerland continues to be a shining example of the fact that private arms ownership does not lead to violence.