Media propaganda: Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership yet it doesn’t have mass shootings

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On Sunday evening, an article published by Business Insider the previous day was all over the internet. The article is entitled, Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership — here’s why it doesn’t have mass shootings.”

The article touts many things wonderful about Switzerland’s gun control laws. Here are some excerpts from the article:

Switzerland hasn’t had a mass shooting since 2001, when a man stormed the local parliament in Zug, killing 14 people and then himself.

The country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. In 2016, the country had 47 homicides with firearms. The country’s overall murder rate is near zero.

The National Rifle Association often points to Switzerland to argue that more rules on gun ownership aren’t necessary. In 2016, the NRA said on its blog that the European country had one of the lowest murder rates in the world while still having millions of privately owned guns and a few hunting weapons that don’t even require a permit.

But the Swiss have some specific rules and regulations for gun use.

Unlike the US, Switzerland has mandatory military service for men. All men between the ages of 18 and 34 deemed “fit for service” are given a pistol or a rifle and trained. After they’ve finished their service, the men can typically buy and keep their service weapons, but they have to get a permit for them.

In 2007, the Small Arms Survey found that Switzerland had the third-highest ratio of civilian firearms per 100 residents (46), outdone by only the US (89) and Yemen (55). But it seems that figure has dropped over the past decade. It’s now estimated that there’s about one civilian gun for every four Swiss people.

Swiss authorities decide on a local level whether to give people gun permits. They also keep a log of everyone who owns a gun in their region, known as a canton, though hunting rifles and some semiautomatic long arms are exempt from the permit requirement. But cantonal police don’t take their duty dolling out gun licenses lightly. They might consult a psychiatrist or talk with authorities in other cantons where a prospective gun buyer has lived before to vet the person.

People who’ve been convicted of a crime or have an alcohol or drug addiction aren’t allowed to buy guns in Switzerland. The law also states that anyone who “expresses a violent or dangerous attitude” won’t be permitted to own a gun. Gun owners who want to carry their weapon for “defensive purposes” also have to prove they can properly load, unload, and shoot their weapon and must pass a test to get a license.”

Read the whole article here.

My problem with this article is the very misleading statement in the headline: “…here’s why it doesn’t have mass shootings.”

The author then starts by clarifying that Switzerland hasn’t had a mass shooting since the Zug massacre in 2001.

Too bad the author didn’t Google “mass shootings Switzerland.”

I did and found out that the author’s statement about mass shootings is NOT TRUE. Here’s a list of mass shootings in Switzerland I was able to locate through a Google search:

  • 2001 Zug Massacre (the last mass shooting, according to Business Insider): The Zug massacre took place on September 27, 2001 in the city of Zug (Canton of Zug, Switzerland) in the canton’s parliament. Friedrich Leibacher shot dead 14 people before killing himself.
  • 2012 Annecy Murders (see update at the end of this bullet): A couple were found shot to death on a remote road near Annecy along with one of the victim’s mother and a French cyclist. Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, and her 74-year-old mother all died at the scene of the September 5, 2012 attack. The al-Hilli daughters — Zainab, 7, and Zeena, 4 — survived the attack, although Zainab was shot in the shoulder and severely beaten, suffering skull fractures. Zeena hid for hours under her dead mother’s skirt in the family car but escaped injury. (The reason I included this one was because of the article headline, “Five years on, death of family in the Alps remains a mystery.” Annecy is 22 miles south of Geneva – it’s the Pearl of the French Alps. It’s not clear if the family was from Switzerland. Don’t know why it came up when I searched for Switzerland mass shootings. h/t Facebook reader Todd.)
  • 2013 Daillon Shooting:Three women were shot and killed and two men were wounded before police in southern Switzerland disabled the gunman by shooting him in the chest. Police said the alleged assailant, an unemployed 33-year-old who had been treated for psychiatric problems in the past, was arrested and hospitalized after the rampage late Wednesday in the village of Daillon. The man began firing from his apartment down toward the street and through the windows of other houses before coming outside and continuing to fire.
  • 2013Menznau Factory Shooting: A gunman opened fire on several people at a wood plant in Menznau in central Switzerland, leaving three people dead and seven others injured. The shooter, a 42-year-old company employee, was among the dead.
  • 2014 Wilderswill Shooting:Switzerlandshooting leaves three dead near Interlaken. The bodies of three people were discovered near a train station in the Swiss Alps town of Wilderswill on Monday, police said, amid reports of a murder-suicide. Media reported though that two men and one woman, all Portuguese citizens, had been killed in a jealousy drama.
  • 2015 Wuerenlingen Shooting: Married father-of-three opens fire in mass shooting in tiny Swiss town killingfour before turning the gun on himself.
  • 2016 Islamic Center Shooting:Three people were wounded in a shooting near an Islamic center in central Zurich, police said. Swiss media said a suspect was on the run after the incident near the main train station in Switzerland’s financial capital.
  • 2017 Basel Café Shooting: According to police, two men entered the premises and opened fire on guests at a cafe in Basel, Switzerland. Two people were killed and one critically injured. Investigations are ongoing but a police officer said: “This is a local incident. It has nothing to do with Islamists or terrorism.”
  • 2018 Zurich UBS Shooting: A man shot and killed his companion, reportedly an employee of Swiss bank UBS, in front of shocked onlookers in the heart of Zurich on Friday before turning the gun on himself, police said. (Only two shot here, as opposed to the three necessary to qualify as a “mass shooting.” Yet this happened in public and terrified people in this country that doesn’t have mass shootings any more.)

Media, in their desire to “inform” us, really should know that Google is available to all to verify their misleading, pro-gun control propaganda.


51 responses to “Media propaganda: Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership yet it doesn’t have mass shootings

  1. The shootings you listed are not mass shootings are they? Am I missing something? I don’t think 1-3 victims qualifies as a “mass” shooting.


    • Depends upon who you ask.

      “Multiple discharging of firearm(s) onto a group of unarmed victims.”

      I noted several cases where there were at least three dead victims.

      The point of this post is that Switzerland does have mass shootings.

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      • Understood. I figured mass shooting had a higher threshold than that.


        • Three seems to be the magical number.

          And for some it doesn’t matter if they are killed or not. Some criteria say victims be shot/injured, though not necessarily killed.

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      • Great column. I remember the 2012 shootings and thought something was snarky about them not solving it. Something was strange and I always wondered what they were hiding. Was it Muslims, transients that ran out of money, a family squirmish? For a country with such tight records, it doesn’t fit.
        I figured the news or lack there of about mass shootings was controlled by tourist board or what they consider their Chamber of Commerce.
        I have seen pictures over the years that school girls riding bikes carry rifles with them and are trained in their use. Have the Swiss liberals no longer encourage people to own guns and the the figures are rising? Sounds like they have a subtle gun confiscation of sorts going on.

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    • I wonder why the media doesn’t promote Chiraq and Baltimore’s gun control successes then since they don’t have that definition of “mass” shooting.

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    • Millennial Transmissions . . . It would appear from the list of “incidents” and how few were killed on each occasion . . . that the Swiss government is not intent in creating “false flags” in order to disarm their citizens.

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  2. There is a reason why MSM stands for Mostly Shit Misinformation.

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  3. it’s typical to have “mass shootings” when the govt is against the rights of the citizenry to arm itself in protection against the govt, i.e. ussa

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    • MomOfIV . . . . You are right on point! I think there is little doubt but what the Deep State is up to their eyebrows in facilitation these “mass annihilations,” also known as “false flags.”

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  4. The Hogg and Gonzales Company with writers and film crew should march over there. Try the Alps.

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  5. Do not ignore the 800-pound gorilla in the room: DEMOGRAPHY.
    If non-whites left New York City, the violent crime rate would
    drop by over 95%. Also please note Switzerland has been
    infested with some third-world Muslim “refugees” who are
    not assimilating economically or otherwise. Non-assimilated
    populations create second-generations who even having
    grown up in receiving country are unsuccessful and deeply
    resentful. Media do everything to deny ethnic angles to

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    • Gary Jones . . . . For some reason, I thought that the Swiss were no allowing anyone into the country, unless they could prove they were financially self sufficient. As we have seen in so many of the cases of those who have invaded Europe, they are “financial immigrants” . . . meaning they want to attach themselves to the teat of those countries who give out the highest welfare benefits. Does anyone know if Switzerland actually gives welfare payment to “poor migrants?” You are absolutely correct–the media will do everything they can to avoid assigning any blame to migrants!! It really is a cryin’ shame.

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  6. look,gun permits exist in Italy too,as i believe in many westerner countries…different culture in Europe ,different culture in America…but whats happening in America,its happening for a reason! look,freedom in America its like nowhere else in the world n we can talk about many,many ,many other things,just want 2b shortly:America is the last bastion of freedom,last bastion against the satanic nwo,America is the most powerful nation ever sum1 was,n it cant b destroy it by nobody ,from outside,to say so, but only from INSIDE…so,the evil forces ,knowing all these,are doing this,since Bush sr was ur president,until Trump got elected…America was strong once,coz its strenght were its own ppl…now its divided ,n gun control its in their agenda! If u give up on ur arms,on ur single right,ur doomed! (unfortunately,past presidents were bigtime traitors,n many rights u had lost it,dont let that happening again!) keep the good fight ,America! stand united! support ur President Trump,no matter who u voted for,,that was e1s right,presidents comes n go,congressmen comes n go,but a nation still remain ,up to u all if ur nation will continue to be the leading nation for all the nations,or we all going to be slaves in the evil satanic masonic nwo! n that future can b tomorrow!! God bless America,God bless President Trump,God bless all the patriots!

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    • palcau ioan . . . . God Bless you for that wonderful patriot’s comment on the state of our nation. I agree, we can only be taken down by those who are inside our country. This is why the Progressives are such a threat to peace loving patriots in our land, and to our Constitution.

      I wish to repeat your words . . . “God Bless America, God Bless President Trump, God Bless all the patriots!” We can never have too many prayers going up to Heaven to ask for help for our country, and its people.

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  7. An Armed society is a polite society, period.

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  8. Switzerland’s experience isn’t the American experience no comparison…

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  9. Surely no one believes that our “mass shootings” occur naturally? I doubt that we’ve had one of those since that one in Austin Texas. Even the one that immediately succeeded it in New Orleans was probably a Gladio event.

    We have these because they want to disarm us and coerce us into asking for more repression. If they were not actively promoting and enabling these, they wouldn’t happen.

    Just like wars don’t happen without provocation. No sane person wakes up one day and decides to go to war. They could do away with that whole alphabet soup of spook agencies and I’d breath easier.

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    • lophatt . . . . I agree completely with everything you wrote. There is NO DOUBT but what the Deep State has its hands all over these “False Flag Events.”

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      • These are “Gladio II” events. They did this in Europe to ratchet up the fear. The intent is the same. When people grow fearful they ask for “safety”. The Government is only too happy to claim the ability to deliver that, for a price. The price is your freedom.

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  10. The commies are again triangulating the debate.
    This time blame the Constitution for shootings.
    It is ironic that the Left wants to tighten up and track ammo and gun ownership while one of the biggest stories is the dissemination and ‘abuse’ of personal data.
    Try Googling some unusual product or company, they watch all the pop ups which suddenly start appearing in your online activities. It’s hard to imagine that anyone has failed to notice this.
    Fortunately I have no interest in poison gas or pipe bombs, or by now there would be black helicopters circling above.
    Bad enough I support the Constitution, Christianity and President Trump.

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    • Yes. There should be no debate. That is one of the things I don’t like about the NRA. They “debate” the undebatable. Just because you have a shrieking harpy demanding that you agree with them doesn’t mean you have to “debate”.

      “Leave me alone” and “get away from me” work pretty well. They should be followed with letting your public serpent know that any attempt to ruin your Constitutionally protected rights will result in you making him or her your lifetime hobby.

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    • MeThePeople . . . . Congratulations! You are truly an American Patriot!

      Have you noticed that when you go to sign in to Netflix, Hulu, etc. they is always a blurb “You can sign in with your Facebook login.” This is but another way of Zuckerberg confiscating our personal information and selling it off. I personally want there to be a “Class Action Suit Regarding this practice of his.” He has more than enough Bazillions to pay all of us for the on-going theft of our personal information. I see where he is having to sit before a Congressional committee. If anyone becomes aware of an impending Class Action suit against him–please notify me ASAP. I want to be among the earliest to sign on

      Google, Facebook, etc. they are all in it together to strip you and I of our privacy.

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    • Or talk about it while near your phone (a trip you’re thinking of, a store you’re thinking of, something you need), and the pop ups will appear in your phone!

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  11. When everyone is expected to be armed, trained, and ready to shoot back, things don’t look so easy to a murderer.

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    • Of course, that’s why you don’t see these frauds played out in inner city schools. Their actors would need hazard pay.

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    • WELL–We know the Criminals wouldn’t decide to give up crime.My guess is that they’d either get BIGGER guns off the Black Market (“Afro-Market” for you PC’ers) which is not likely-they’d rather not confront anyone ELSE with guns,they could get HURT! or they’d go straight to murder by car/truck,bombs,or toxic gasses-attacks they could accomplish from a distance,to keep the risk to their OWN hides to a minimum and render the most damage for the resources expended.
      This is just my opinion,but then I’m just a dumb Biker-what do I know?

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      • I know that I don’t have to tell you how stupid this is, even from their own stated perspective. So, what do they “accomplish”? They disarm those who might protect them and allow scum to have access to anything they like.

        Well, we KNOW this is not about crime. They want to be able to mow us down any time they wish with no worry that we’ll shoot back.

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  12. Only a fool would want an armed confrontation. Of course, if unavoidable, we’d win. What is stupefying is their desire to give up their rights and be cared for. Not only that, they want EVERYONE in their boat.

    They claim to hate authority but are the first to run to it for comfort. They are the spoiled children their owner’s bred. Look at how they wind them up and turn them loose. They are mindless idiots.

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  13. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Sounds like fake news to me.


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  14. These discussions, while interesting, don’t apply to us. All of these things are distractions from the fact that we have Constitutionally protected, God-given rights. In fact, The Second Amendment makes clear that our right shall not be infringed. What else is there to say?

    I categorically denounce any attempt at compromise. We DO NOT need permission to exercise our rights. We should neither ask for concessions nor cooperate with any attempt to alter that right.

    I know (I hope) that most here understand that this has nothing to do with crime. This is about protecting those who would be our rulers from any potential harm should they overstep their bounds, As they are certainly already doing and plan to expand upon.

    All of these attempts at disarmament are ploys to get ignorant people to cooperate with their plans. They will never stop until the disarmament is complete.

    We should insist that those who swore oaths to protect the Constitution be charged with crimes for deliberately attempting to abrogate it.

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  15. lophatt . . . . Your very last sentence really says it all . . . “We should insist that those who swore oaths to protect the Constitution be charged with crimes for deliberately attempting to abrogate it.”

    That is such a reasonable solution to this ongoing problem. If one or two traitorous individuals who have reneged on their sworn oath to defend the Constitution were brought up on charges, and the death penalty were carried out . . . I think we would see a dizzying change of attitude among our elected leaders.

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  16. The Swiss are so clever;
    The World’s Money Laundry
    and safe haven for Nazis and mobsters

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  17. They also don’t have 25 intelligence agencies working with the media to execute the false flag or hoax shootings. US government is too big when it can pull that off.

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  18. Let’s not call Switzerland the Land of Liberty just yet: It has a small and homogenized population that deals with most things on a parochial or provincial level. Its transient population is rather small in number. And, as the post states, it has universal conscription—an idea I am against for libertarian reasons, and an idea that CANNOT work in the United States.
    Lest we forget, Switzerland, for all its pluses, is a somewhat socialistic country. Its business model WILL NOT work if imposed upon the United States.
    I am also against gauging potential gun owners on their “attitudes.” This can be bent to any direction the leftists want: Depressed? On meds? Had a fistfight with someone in a bar within the past 20 years? Got a traffic ticket you forgot to pay? NO GUN FOR YOU! See what I mean?

    People in my Uber have CROWED about the success of Denmark. Again, Denmark, another socialist utopia, has a business model that may work—to some extent—upon a willing client population. But again, IT CANNOT work here. This is how naive leftists are. Why, there are even people here to believe that whatever England does, we must do: Former NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a member of the Committee of 300, is one of these self-centered crooked smile twerps who thinks socialism is just ducky: Because HE is getting richer off of it.
    So FORGET about Europe. If any nation there does survive, at least longer than any of the others, it will be Switzerland. But keep in mind that, with the opening ceremonies at the Goddard Tunnel, Switzerland has its share of devil worshipers, also. They may survive, but not for long.
    But again: The Swiss excel for one major reason: They know the principle of subsidiarity: They keep it LOCAL. THIS is the reason for their success. (And remember the Moon always looks bigger near the horizon!)

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