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  •  so, about the culture: (6+ / 0-)

    Every able-bodied male in Switzerland has three things in his closet:  his military uniform, his military rifle, and a box of ammo with a seal on it.  

    Spree killers expect to die at the scene: so the seal on the ammo box, and the legal penalties for breaking it, are irrelevant to them.

    Every guy in Switzerland has the hardware to become a spree killer.  Right in their closets, there for the taking, upon whatever impulse they may have.  

    Yet, when was the last time we heard of a spree killer in Switzerland?

    It's not about the weapons.

    It's about the culture.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 04:17:17 PM PDT

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    •  Switzerland also has 1/40th the US' population (1+ / 0-)
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      And thus, since we have 2-3 spree killings a year; if the spree killing phenomenon is merely a result of the low-probability tail of human behavior, we wouldn't expect them to experience a spree killing more than once every two decades.

      Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

      by Robobagpiper on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 03:50:57 AM PDT

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      •  And, for what it's worth, the last spree killing I (1+ / 0-)
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        could find in Switzerland was the 2001 Zug massacre.

        Completely consistent with the model that the frequency scales with population.

        Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

        by Robobagpiper on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 03:54:24 AM PDT

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