Re: Guns [was Re: property Rights]

Carl de Visser (
Sat, 29 May 1999 07:57:39 +1200

At 12:40 27/05/99 -0400, you wrote:

>The USA is one of the top gun-owning countries, but there are others
>which have as high or higher rates of gun ownership. Switzerland and
>Afghanistan, for instance, though those two countries could hardly be
>more different from each other. In Switzerland, target shooting is a
>popular sport, with a patriotic flavor. Most adult males (up to 50 years
>of age) are members of the militia and normally keep a military rifle at
>home. Switzerland claims that it can mobilize a 600,000 man force in 48

New Zealand also has very high levels of gun ownership per capita, although almost all the gunsa are long barrelled. Partially it comes from rural owners owning a large number of guns, ownership levels in urbvan areas are quite low.

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