GUN Womens magazine starts petition to ban guns from Swiss homes

Discussion in 'On Topic' started by TL1000RSquid, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2004
    Messages:
    14,257
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NY
    http://www.swissinfo.org/eng/front/...l?siteSect=105&sid=7078309&cKey=1158678563000

    September 19, 2006 - 1:03 PM
    Women's magazine hands in gun ban petition
    Related stories

    * Schmid defends keeping army rifles at home
    * High gun suicide rate linked to easy access

    A women's magazine has collected 17,400 signatures in a bid to rid Swiss households of hundreds of thousands of weapons.

    The petition comes amid discussions in parliament over whether to scrap the country's militia army tradition requiring guns and ammunition to be kept at home.



    Staff at Annabelle handed over the signatures to a parliamentary committee in Bern on Tuesday.

    The petition, "No weapons at home", is calling for a ban on shotguns at home, for army rifles to be kept in military storage instead of at home and for people not to be able to hold on to army guns after their period of service expires. It is also campaigning for a national weapons register to be created as soon as possible.

    Annabelle told swissinfo that it had received a large response to the petition, most of which was supportive.

    Guns are firmly entrenched in Swiss culture. All able-bodied Swiss men aged 20-30 are conscripted for about three months and issued with a rifle, to be used only in the event of an alert.

    After initial training, the conscripts are required to do three or four weeks of army service every year until they have served a total of 260 days or reached the age of 34.

    Throughout this time they keep their rifles and 50 rounds of sealed ammunition at home.


    Family murders



    The magazine says it launched the petition in response to the increasing number of family murders in Switzerland, most involving women and children being shot by husbands.

    In the first half of 2006 there were at least six incidents where a man shot his wife or partner before turning the gun on himself. In a highly publicised case the husband of former women's ski champion Corinne Rey-Bellet killed her and her brother with his army pistol before shooting himself.

    Earlier this month the government said family tragedies and suicides are not valid reasons to stop soldiers from keeping their army weapons at home.

    Swiss Defence Minister Samuel Schmid argued that Switzerland's militia army needed to be able to mobilise rapidly, "for example to protect airports and railway stations quickly".

    On Monday the Senate said it needed time to look into a motion proposed by Anita Fetz, a senator from the centre-left Social Democratic Party, calling for army ammunition to be kept in military storage as opposed to at home. No date was set for any decisions on the motion.

    swissinfo with agencies
     
  2. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    Messages:
    5,406
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Florida
    :greddy: From a military stand point that'd be retarded, just attack the ammo storage and then the militia can't do shit. Also, when are people going to learn you can't protect them from themselves, no matter how hard you try. If people want to kill themselves, they're going to do it, gun or no gun.
     
  3. [DWI]

    [DWI] Master of Nothing

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2000
    Messages:
    21,936
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Maine
    Because as history has shown again and again personal responcibility is best when handled by the government.
     
  4. Thunderbear

    Thunderbear Yggdrasil's Forester.

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2001
    Messages:
    17,946
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    -Tick tock, tick tock til Ragnarök-
    Is there anyway that OT could speak to the Swiss male citizenry?

    Someone translate this into Swiss. :o

    "Don't do it! That's just how everything starts... with the nancification of the male! Tell the women's magazines to stick to cooking and looking sexy and never let them get political! -the men of the United States."
     
  5. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    Messages:
    5,406
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Florida
    STOP WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE NOW!!!11lc
     
  6. [DWI]

    [DWI] Master of Nothing

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2000
    Messages:
    21,936
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Maine
    :bigthumb:
     
  7. vettefan52

    vettefan52 Guest

    women shouldnt be allowed to vote. infact, we should revoke drivers licenses too. bitches need to stick to sex and cooking.
     
  8. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2004
    Messages:
    14,257
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NY
    What the magazine should be publishing
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Soybomb

    Soybomb New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2003
    Messages:
    9,041
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Illinois
    At least some government isn't afraid to speak logically. Its a tragedy if 12 people will be shot in Switzerland by military guns in a year. However to suggest the military firearm is the cause of their murders and the people were only killed because there was a gun available is foolish to say the least.
     
  10. gyeagle1

    gyeagle1 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Messages:
    167
    Likes Received:
    0
    Wouldnt it be easier to get rid of all the woman
     
  11. PanzerAce

    PanzerAce Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2006
    Messages:
    14,502
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    N37°18'37" W120°29'50"
    yah, since all men have a gun in their house :rofl:
     
  12. hitnrun99

    hitnrun99 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2004
    Messages:
    4,021
    Likes Received:
    0
    Usually prolonged periods of peace results in pacifists trying to run things. When the need should arise again for whatever reason, the militias won't have readily available weapons because the pacifists had their way with things yet again. Thankfully the Swiss govt (unlike our pathetic govt) has logic and foresight just in case another belligerent force came to power, at least the Swiss militias have a fighting chance.
     
  13. vettefan52

    vettefan52 Guest

    i dunno about you, but im not gay man. they are needed, just not for their opinions.
     
  14. Artyboy

    Artyboy Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2004
    Messages:
    12,692
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Somewhere in CO
    I should move to Switzerland :eek3:. That might just be the perfect place to live for a gun lover. Those guys definately have their heads on straight.
     
  15. BigBadJohn

    BigBadJohn Pay-back time OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2005
    Messages:
    21,272
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Kell, Illinois
    wtf. Only 50 rounds of ammo? I realize that theres not really any threat if them being invaded, but still. Ive used that much ammunition in a minute before
     
  16. D-FENS

    D-FENS New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2002
    Messages:
    5,197
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've done a couple gun control reports for school, and I remember reading that they had under 100 gun murders annually. Considering that they have, what, around 6 million citizens? 100 deaths is nothing.
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2006

Share This Page