Tweet
Follow @ra7s
Law-Abiding People Are Safer in Well-Armed Societies

By Daniel Mitchell | April 14, 2016 | 5:09 PM EDT


Members of the pro-gun group Guns Save Life rally at the Illinois State Capitol in 2012. (AP File Photo / Seth Perlman)

I recently wrote about gun control, noting how there's less murder in demographically similar U.S. states than there is in matching Canadian provinces.

This is one of the reasons why I'm optimistic about protecting the Second Amendment. The empirical evidence is so strong that law-abiding people are safer in well-armed societies.

But let's see how the rest of the world is faring on this issue.

Let's start with a story from Switzerland, a nation that has a very strong tradition of gun rights.

Hmmm ... , more guns and less crime. The person who slapped the headline on the story seems to think it's a mystery why that relationship exists.

But anybody capable of passing my IQ test for criminals and liberals understands that the title should be changed to "Lower crime because Swiss have more guns" or something like that.

The article also includes a section on Switzerland's gun culture.

"Switzerland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world because of its militia army. The defence ministry estimates that some two million guns are in private hands in a population of 8.3 million. An estimated 750,000 of those guns have been recorded in a local register. Under the militia system soldiers keep their army-issue weapons at home. Voters in recent years have rejected tighter gun controls. In 2011, voters rejected a proposal to restrict access to guns by banning the purchase of automatic weapons and introducing a licensing system for the use of firearms."

Ah, those sensible Swiss voters. Not only are they against tax hikes and regulatory intervention, but they also reject licensing and support the right to purchase automatic weapons.

Now let's travel Down Under and see what happens when a government takes the wrong approach to guns.

There is one group benefiting from the attempted gun ban. Criminal gangs are big winners. Such a disappointment that Australia, which is a role model on some issues, is so anti-civil rights when it comes to guns.

Now let's travel to France, where there is at least one person who doesn't think it's a good idea to let terrorists be the only ones with guns.

Amen. It's downright bizarre that European politicians think it's a good idea for citizens to be disarmed while crazies get to stock up on weapons.

Now let's turn to America, where New Jersey (again) is a national embarrassment.

Daniel J. Mitchell is a top expert on tax reform and supply-side tax policy at the Cato Institute. Mitchell is a strong advocate of a flat tax and international tax competition.

AD FEEDBACK Daniel Mitchell Follow Daniel Mitchell Bio | Archive More from Daniel Mitchell