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.]
Sweden has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in Europe - hunting is very popular and it's not that hard to get a life-time license.
Posted by: Pro-gun Swede at March 2, 2006 01:03 PM
Sweden has been a monarchy since prehistoric times. We are sovereign citizens where as they are subjects.
“How small, of all that human hearts endure,
That part which laws or kings can cause or cure!” –Samuel Johnson
Posted by: The Mechanic at March 3, 2006 10:24 AM
Yeah, keep telling yourself that...
Posted by: Pro-gun Sweden at March 3, 2006 12:35 PM
YES, SWEDEN DOES HAVE A MUCH LOWER HOMICIDE RATE! BUT YOU HAVE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT THE US IS MUCH, MUCH LARGER COUNTRY WITH MILLIONS MORE PEOPLE! IT ALL EQUALS OUT, SO THEIR RATE IS THE SAME ACTUALLY! THINK ABOUT IT! SWEDEN IS SO CLOSE TO A SOVIET COUNTRY AND THE WAY THE WORLD IS GOING AND THAT DAMN PUTIN STILL IN CONTROL , SWEDEN SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO OWN AN AUTO WEAPON WITH THE SAME RESTRICTIONS AS SWITZERLAND AS TO HAVE A SIZABLE MILITIA TO DEFEND THEIR COUNTRY SINCE THEIR MILITARY IS ALSO SMALL COMPARED TO A SOVIET MILITARY! REM, WEAPONS DONT KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE! AS FAR AS IM CONSIDERED EVERY HONEST CITIZEN OF ANY COUNTRY SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO OWN A WEAPON TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY AND PROPERTY FROM SCUM!
Posted by: gary shepherd at March 1, 2010 04:45 PM
BUT YOU HAVE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT THE US IS MUCH, MUCH LARGER COUNTRY WITH MILLIONS MORE PEOPLE! IT ALL EQUALS OUT, SO THEIR RATE IS THE SAME ACTUALLY!
How foolish. Homicide rates are based on percentages, so the larger U.S. population is irrelevant. Let me guess: you didn't go to college on a math scholarship.
Posted by: keburg at August 30, 2010 07:58 AM