Thom Hartmann talks with Janet Rosenbaum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Epidemiology-School of Public Health, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. Website: http://www.downstate.edu who debunks the myth that Israel and Switzerland are gun-toting utopias.”
In Israel there are only 500,000 guns, and they have severe gun control laws. Without a permit and annual checks, no person is allowed to own a gun in Israel.
In Switzerland, every male over the age of 18 is required to own a rifle. Switzerland has a focus on rifles which every male is required to own as a citizen’s militia. But these rifles are part of and go along with an extensive gun safety and gun handling educational program in the Swiss military. Every male over the age of 18 is required to serve in the Swiss military for a period of time, and then go back every year for a couple weeks of more training and exercises.
Standing armies are a danger to democracy according to the founders of the Constitution, which is why they envisioned a citizen militia volunteer corp. This has mutated away from this vision of the founding fathers, into the Second Amendment and a standing army in the USA, which is NOT what the founders envisioned. They did not want a standing army, which is what they fought against to gain their freedom.
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