Do Swiss have the gun crime answers?

The recent assassination attempt and its tragic consequences in the US is another indication of the continual rise in gun crime there and in the western world. In the UK hardly a day passes without an incident involving the use of firearms.

Yet in the midst of this there is a strange anomaly: Switzerland has the largest number of residents holding guns of any country in Europe, and yet has hardly any gun-related crime. At one time it was obligatory for all Swiss men to do national service.

This being so it could be assumed that with the public owning so many weapons there would be more likelihood of them being used for anything other than defence. Not so!

A probable explanation might be that in such a wealthy country, with such a high standard of living, even lower paid workers have no need to resort to crime to get the better things in life; although it must be said that the use of drugs is endemic in some of the larger cities. Be that as it may, there could be some gain from examining and reacting in like manner to the way their country is run. If not, and things continue as they are, it looks like increases in armed robbery and other gun related crimes is bound to continue to the detriment of us all.

E A Lundy, Leeds

YEP Letters: February 19