Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World

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The key to freedom is to be able to have the ability to defend yourself and if you don’t have the tools to do that, then you’re going to be at the mercy of whomever wants to put you away.

Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture – but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept.

The country has a population of six million, but there are estimated to be at least two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols.

This is in a very large part due to Switzerland’s unique system of national defense, developed over the centuries.

Instead of a standing, full-time army, the country requires every man to undergo some form of military training for a few days or weeks a year throughout most of their lives.

Between the ages of 21 and 32 men serve as frontline troops. They are given an M-57 assault rifle and 24 rounds of ammunition which they are required to keep at home.

Once discharged, men serve in the Swiss equivalent of the US National Guard, but still have to train occasionally and are given bolt rifles. Women do not have to own firearms, but are encouraged to.


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  • Somebody Who Actually Reads

    Here’s a fun fact you neglected to mention: the Swiss are not legally allowed to own the ammunition for that rifle. They may acquire ammunition at a shooting range, but it must be expended there. All Swiss have unloaded guns with no ammunition. Communities have armories with ammunition and in that way they can defend themselves as a community, but not as individuals against crimes. Further, Swiss are not just given their rifles upon leaving the service, they must apply to keep them. Owning a gun in Switzerland is easy, but you must have a permit and can only purchase 3 guns with it. Fewer Swiss households possess guns (29%) than American households (43%). Do some actual research.

    • TrevorLyman

      Here is a link for you: http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-switzerland.htm

      “Any ammunition bought on the private market is also registered. Ammunition can be bought unregistered at government subsidized shooting ranges, but, by law, one must use all the ammunition at the range. (Unfortunately, this law is not really enforced, and gives Swiss gun owners a way to collect unregistered ammunition.)”

      So ammo can be bought, you just have to register it and it’s easy to get ammo without registering it. Maybe you should do some actual research?

      • Dukenukem2012

        How is that unfortunate Trevor?

        • TrevorLyman

          If you look again at the text you are referring to you’ll see I’m quoting a section from the source. There are quotes around what I’ve put there and so they are not my words. Understand now?

    • Jeffrey Kesselman

      “Guns don’t kill people, BULLETS kill people.” — Chris Rock

      • big matt

        guns don’t kill people, bullets kill people,” is like saying “I haven’t raped anyone, but my penis has lol

      • kirkpatrick

        Guns don’t kill people. Kids on Prozac in gun free zones do.

      • thetruthmaster1

        Guns don’t kill people, Blacks Kill people, cause 75% of the shootings in America are Black on Black.

        • Colleen

          @the truthmaster1
          You sound like an idiot and I’ll be glad when people like you just die off. So you are telling this board that only kill in American? When it’s a known fact that all serial killers have been mostly white men, and lets go back and see how many young white males have went back to their former schools and shot up teachers and classmates. Yes, blacks do kill, not condoning or justifying their actions but they kill mostly over money, trying to eat, serial killers kill why?????

    • Somebody with a brain

      Point is, they have fewer crimes than us. You lose.

  • It is what it is.

    You neglected to also mention that not only is ammunition abundant and accessible for privately owned firearms. Most households in Switzerland possess firearms. The 29 percent you are referring to, is for government supplied rifles and the ammunition you are referring to is government supplied. Your research failed to expose the whole truth.

    • thetruthmaster1

      The crime rate in Switzerland is at a Record Low because they have “NO BLACK POPULATION”, Less than 00.6% is African American. That is just slightly above 1/2 of 1 percent. Where as in the County in Florida where I live, 75% of the crime committed and convictions of are of Black People which only make up 17% of the entire Population. White people at 67%. These are the facts. In Fact 3 out of 4 Blacks would rather shoot Blacks. Because 75% of all shootings in America are Black on Blacks. So if Obama would like to cut crime in America by 75% immediately, he should BAN Blacks in America, and Not Guns. These are the Facts,deal with it.

  • Jeffrey Kesselman

    It os very important understand that Switzerland is a VERY small country with a mono-culture and very little economic disparity.

    There just isn’t a lot of conflict in their society, period. If we had so little conflict, maybe we could handle guns, too.

    • TrevorLyman

      That’s not the reason Jeffrey. It’s the multi-billion dollar highly militarized and gang growing drug war we’ve got going on. That creates the culture of violence you’re talking about.

    • Fed UP

      No, it is very important that the criminals are smart enough to know that with the second amendment behind them that the average American could be armed and this is what keeps crime rates low here in the U.S. If you cannot (handle) protecting your loved ones fine. just don’t force the rest of us to be sitting ducks against the criminals.

    • kirkpatrick

      Ignoramus: we handle them just fine here. The crime rate has gone down in the US for the past 20 years – as gun ownership has gone up. Antidepressants and gun-free zones are the problem in the US.

      • MrsErinV

        But incidents of accidently shootings have gone up. Wonder why they is? Because unlike Switzerland we do not have much gun and safety training at all. Clearly if we put focus on proper gun safety and safely armed our people like the Swiss do then things would be much much different

  • Anoon

    Americans have a very bad tendency of ignoring culture and not blaming them for causing crimes.

    Guns are not the issue here. If people want to kill someone, they will go ahead and do just that.

    • Timothy Sterling

      I doubt you know the slightest things about Americans. Go cry in a hole.

      • Vann

        Its okay if you’re defending your beliefs but that doesn’t give you the right to be ride like that that’s a wrong in itseld

    • Scott Baker

      As an American, I concur.

  • Don’t be a victim

    Here is the true point! Ask any criminal if they know the home or person is armed they will pass on the chance of getting wounded or killed. Duh common sense people! Our country is lacking so much in common sense it’s not even funny! If you don’t like guns and prefer to be a victim then don’t own one! But don’t tell me I have to be a victim as well. The Swiss have it right! The other stat that no one seems to ever Is everything ok, sweetheart?mention is that almost all victims in the U.S. are either unarmed or don’t own a gun!!!!

  • Joe

    Their crime rate is low because they have no black people. Every state in America with a high crime rate is full of blacks…

    • big matt

      hahahaha love it

      • woody

        Man you are so right

    • the black guy

      Well, according to current and past statistics, the U.S. would still lead the world murder rate even if you tallied up murders done by whites only… Oh, and dont forget the whites that murder for Uncle Sam.

  • jemoeder

    Some sources claim that Iceland has the lowest crime rate in the world…

    • Ron Angel

      Nothing to prevent somebody from buying ammunition in France no border checks, and there must be a healthy black market … probably have cuckoo clocks with bullets stuffed in the back in every house. I can picture in my mind little bird coming out with bullet in its beak. (Grin)

    • Blank Reg

      Another monoculture, like the Swiss or the Japanese…

      • pepe

        Monoculture ? Switzerland is made of people speaking 4 different languages, 4 different cultures. As different as France, Germany and Italy are.

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  • http://www.PopCultureWhore.com/ Pop Culture Whore

    Wow, how uninformed can you be when writing an article: Here’s the actual gun laws in Switzerland: They don’t have a military so EVERY single male must take mandatory gun training and gun safety courses. That’s, of course, if they pass the mental health check, physical check and obviously, criminal check. They are issued a weapon but are NOT issued bullets. Bullets are stored in ammo depots and are ONLY given out in times of war. If they want to practice shooting, they can get ammo at the range WHERE THEY MUST USE IT ALL THERE. And they must store their guns at an armory. They ARE NOT allowed to keep them at home. At the age of 34, all government issued weapons must be turned in.

    If they choose to have a personal weapon, they must apply for a separate permit (which expires after 5 years) and take a skills and safety test. Every gun has a serial number that is registered with the government. The sale of automatics, selective fire, suppressors, silencers, etc are all completely banned. In transporting a gun, the ammunition must completely seperate from the gun, no ammo in a magazine at all. You are only allowed to transport a gun for a valid reason – eg. from a range and back. So yes, Switzerland has EXTREMELY strict gun control and you have no clue what you’re talking about. They’re gun deaths are much, MUCH lower than ours. As in .05 gun deaths per every 100,000 compared to our 11 gun deaths per every 100,000.

    • pepe

      Well, not exactly :)
      We do have a military. The thing is that in case of war, we don’t have an army anymore, we become an army.
      Every men doesn’t take gun training and gun safety. Every has to go to the army, that’s were we got trained with rifle and/or gun depending on our incorporation. Regarding the mental health check, the only guy that could fail is Hannibal Lecter …
      I don’t think it’s very fair to present it like a normal gun and rifle training under conditions of health and mental health checks when in reality it’s the mandatory military service.
      Army ammo is to be used at the range, means that FMJ ammo provided by the army can’t be stored at home. Beside this, you can go to any private owned gun shop and buy 1000 rounds of any 223 ammo that will run in the Swiss army rifle flawlessly. You can keep them at home without any problem and go to private range whenever you want. They are registered non the less.
      At the age of 34, you can chose to keep your army rifle (just need a normal permit as for any other citizen in the country willing to buy a rifle) or give it back. If you decide to keep it, it will be transformed so you can shoot full auto, only semi.
      Permits don’t expire after 5 years. You can apply for a permit, which needs a background check by the way. Once you get the permit, you have 3 months to buy your weapon, and then the permit expires, unless you extend it. But obviously, there’s no need to make another permit to keep your weapons after 5 years …
      Regarding training and safety, that’s wrong. There’s no mandatory training or test needed in order to buy a weapon. Thus I agree it will be a good thing to have in my opinion.
      Everything else (transporting an empty gun and so on…) is correct.
      So all in all, Switzerland has no EXTREMELY strict gun control laws. If you’re a person living in the country (no need to be Swiss) you just need to apply for a permit, usually takes 2 weeks and costs 50 swiss francs (a bit more than 60 $).

      All in all, I don’t know if you are misinformed by reading a bunch of forums on internet or if you just try bash on pro guns guys here around, but what you wrote is less accurate than the article you criticize …

      The only errors I see in the article are :

      -Population is around 8 millions, of which 25% are immigrants, that’s probably why they arrive with a 6 millions…
      -Army starts when you turn 18 and last for 21 weeks the first year and then 2 weeks a year until you turn 34. (not in between 21 and 32 as stated …)
      – Rifle is a FASS 90, also known as a SIG 550.
      -Once discharged, you’re just discharged, there’s nothing like national guard.
      -Womens are not specifically encouraged to own guns, nor are men, it’s a self made decision based on responsibility and personal likes.

      All in all, the reason why Switzerland has a low crime rate isn’t related at all with guns, it’s just because we do a pretty good job at offering people in the country (Swiss citizens as immigrants) equal opportunities to succeed in life. For those failing to succeed, the government help them in different ways, so there’s nearly nobody left behind feeling that their only solution is to enroll into crime organization an so on.

    • SteveSbc406 .

      Wow, you got slapped Down pretty good by Pepe didn’t you? That’s kind of embarrassing isn’t it? Especially after the arrogant condescending attitude you displayed toward others. Dropping the bias and approaching things with a little more objectivity may save you unnecessary humiliation in the future.

  • http://www.PopCultureWhore.com/ Pop Culture Whore

    And they ARE NOT allowed to keep their Ammo at home. They haven’t been allowed in 20 years. What horrible, unresearched writing.

    • SteveSbc406 .

      They most certainly are allowed to buy ammo and keep it at home, they’re just not allowed to take the government t issued ammo from the range home with them. What a horrible unresearched comment!

      • http://www.PopCultureWhore.com/ Pop Culture Whore

        Unsearched? Being as I live here, something tells me I know just a bit better than you do.

  • thetruthmaster1

    Sig Sauer 5.56 SWAT- The Great Equalizer.

  • TheCogitator

    There are certain segments of our society who commit a disproportionate amount of crime. I’ll bet they have few of that kind in Switzerland.

    • TrevorLyman

      I think you’re referring to white supremacists? Yeah, they don’t have many of them there. Thank god. Those idiots are murderers…and so stupid too!!

      • Wade

        Please show me some statistics showing that white supremacists commit a lot of crime. There are plenty showing that blacks commit way more than their proportionate share of crime, especially violent crime. Like it or not, that is the truth. East Asians commit less crime than whites. Again fact, not emotion.

        I thought you were a guy who was spreading truth, regardless of where it went. I have said nothing hateful, only truthful. I notice that thetruthmaster1 posted similar sentiments. What are you afraid of that you block me from your site?

  • LD McClellan

    Their way is vulnerable to the possibility of the government becoming tyrannical and denying them ammo or guns. The 2nd amendment of the American Constitution is far better but we’ve made the mistake of letting the bureaucrats require us to ask permission by way of licenses and permits and now they’re doing everything they can to completely take our rights away from us and for tyrants to be permanently and firmly placed in power treating the rest of us as slaves and expendable.