Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Reason or Force?

"Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it."

reblogged from Reason or Force
Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. The country has a population of six million, and there are more than two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols. Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture - but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept.

Switzerland's unique system of national defense, developed over the centuries, requires every man to undergo some form of military training for a few days or weeks a year throughout most of their lives.

Men between the ages of 21 and 32 serve as front line troops. They are given an Sig SG-550 assault rifle and 240 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 that is encouraged.

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