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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 02:17 PM
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102. It has nothing to do with the gun laws


It has to do with the high level of government regulation that they endure - the government regulations on gun laws was an example of that.


The situation in Finland is due to the catastrophic loss of their economic structure that occured with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Before the collapse of their primary market the average Finn had a house that was worth almost a million dollars. After the collapse they became almost worthless and for a while suicides were endemic in Finland. I had friends there and some of their acquaintences committed suicide with no home and no job.

The situation in Russia is also related to the collapse of the economic structure and people who were once healthy now destitute, although I have no personal experience in Russia.

Now go back to your chart and do the following comparision:


Switzerland is composed of ethnic French, German and Italians (there is no ethnic Swiss per se)


What are the comparable suicide rates between the Swiss and these three countries.


My point was simply that Switzerland is a very peculiar place (it has never joined the UN for example) and is tremendously encumbered by government regulation. Control by the local Canton is extreme in the least. Comparing their health care and here is ridiculous because they tolerate a lot more government interference in their daily life than we ever would.

At no point was I suggesting that their suicide rate had anything to do with gun regulations although it is interesting to note that while the Swiss have one of the highest indiviual gun ownership rates (due to all males being in the reserves) crime and murder by gun is very very low. Use of guns in suicides is however very high.
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