Machiavelli on guns and freedom

Niccolò Machiavelli who is said to have founded modern political science once called the Swiss the most free people and the most armed people in Europe. Yes, he did see a correlation between guns and freedom. After centuries that statement is still true. The Swiss practice armed neutrality. There are guns and gun ranges all over the place in Switzerland. It would be a fool’s errand to find a Swiss home without a firearm and ammunition.

If the gun controllers and their allies in the press who are yelling in all the media and on every street corner today were correct that the mere presence of arms leads to violence, murder, and mayhem: then how do they explain the Swiss? By the gun grabbers theory the Swiss should have killed themselves off centuries ago.

The Swiss have a very low crime rate in spite of all the guns. How can this be? Who would a robber or a rapist rather have as a victim, someone with a gun or someone unarmed and defenceless? You know the answer to that; we all do.

The gun-control people claim that the police are there to protect us. But if that is so, then why are so many people murdered, raped and robbed? Where is all this protection in Chicago or D.C. with their sky high crime rates? Chicago and D.C. have long had stringent gun control laws and yet their crime rates are among the worst in the nation. The cops always get to the scene after the crime has been committed and they “work the crime scene”. Fat lot of good that does the one murdered, raped, or robbed. Ever notice that many cop shows open with the police looking at a dead and unarmed body at a crime scene?


The Second Amendment has nothing whatsoever to do with hunting. The 2nd Amendment has to do with the people protecting themselves against criminals and governments, or do I repeat myself? The main sentence of the Amendment says “right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” How hard is that for people to understand?

The USA probably has little chance at this late date, but if it does have even a small one then we should emulate the Swiss and practice strict neutrality. Armed neutrality.


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