Instapunk on Swedish gun laws
The always-interesting Instapunk has a note on Swedish laws and gun laws in particular. Yes, Sweden has stricter gun laws than the US, and a lower homicide rate -- but other Scandanvian countries have much looser gun laws than Sweden, and lower homicide rates that that country.
[The notes about regimentation -- until fairly recently, alcohol was rationed by the government, to make sure nobody could drink more than it felt proper -- remind me of a couple of jokes about Germany. (1) You can't have a revolution in Germany, because the police won't issue the permit; (2) You can't have anti-government riots, either, because all the government buildings have "keep off the grass" signs in front of them.]