Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:27 AM
alp227 (28,425 posts)
Three dead in Swiss village shooting
Three people were killed and two wounded late on Wednesday when a gunman opened fire in the Swiss village of Daillon, Swiss police said on Thursday.
The suspect threatened police when they tried to arrest him, and officers shot and wounded him before taking him into custody, police of the Swiss canton of Valais said in a statement. No police officers were wounded.
Swiss website 20minutes.ch reported that the gunman was a resident of the village aged about 30 who was armed with an assault rifle and had been drinking heavily.
It quoted a villager as saying one of the dead was a woman in her 80s.
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/03/swiss-village-shooting-daillon
As Ezra Klein notes, it's a right-wing myth that Switzerland is a gun-rights haven. In reality Switzerland's laws embrace the well-regulated militia concept, as Klein quotes Prof. Janet Rosenbaum:
Switzerland has also been moving away from having widespread guns. The laws are done canton by canton, which is like a province. Everyone in Switzerland serves in the army, and the cantons used to let you have the guns at home. They’ve been moving to keeping the guns in depots. That means they’re not in the household, which makes sense because the literature shows us that if the gun is in the household, the risk goes up for everyone in the household.
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