If you follow us on Instagram or browse our website, you’ll notice a lot of guns in our photographs. It’s a statement that can be taken in many ways, but we hope to make it clear. As an American company, we at Gear’d Hardware believe in exercising the freedoms that our country provides. Being allowed to express ourselves and protect what is ours are core principles of our constitution, more specifically, the amendments.
10 amendments form our Bill of Rights, and one in particular concerns guns— The Second Amendment. There is plenty of controversy surrounding gun rights, but we at Gear’d Hardware proudly stand in support of them.
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms. . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” — Jefferson`s “Commonplace Book,” 1774-1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by Criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764
Although many people may disagree, history doesn’t lie. When good guys are disarmed, villains take advantage of the situation. Rules don’t control the criminals, only law abiding citizens. With an unarmed population, crime rises.
Science and statistics support this sentiment. This Harvard Study raises a convincing argument over the negative impact of gun control: “Nations with stringent anti-gun laws generally have substantially higher murder rates than those that do not.” 1
Not only are more guns correlated to lower crime rates, it’s also a defense against political corruption and violence. Within the last 100 years, over 58 million people were exterminated by their government shortly after gun laws were enforced. The Second Amendment protects our rights and safety in so many ways.
Demonizing guns is a fatal error, literally! When we choose to blame the weapon instead of the cause of violence, we don’t solve the problem. Media focuses on gun restrictions and legislation instead of America’s growing mental health crisis. Failure to provide adequate health care to citizens is creating a sick society, leading to an increase in mass shootings, murder, and suicide.
Choosing to solve violence by eliminating guns is like making pastries, soda, and candies illegal to end diabetes and obesity (which leads to over 3 million deaths per year).
Now, more than ever, we need to keep our focus on what matters most-- Above all else, the health and safety of ourselves, our family, friends, and neighbors should be our number one priority. Dividing ourselves by opinions or discrimination is counterproductive. We are all Americans, and united is how we get shit done.
“The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good.”
- Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (pp. 649-694). Volume 30, Number 2:
Another country – Perspective – Learn-Add Value-Grow- Something the US refuses to even do yet alone listen to do. Lets look at the Swiss as an example. Switzerland has not had a mass shooting in about 19 years. In the US there is one almost every day. The Swiss have strict rules for who can get a gun and take fire arm training and safety very seriously. Switzerland hasn’t had a mass shooting since 2001, when a man stormed the local parliament in Zug, killing 14 people and then himself. The country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. In 2016, the country had 47 attempted homicides with firearms. The country’s overall murder rate is near zero.
The National Rifle Association often points to Switzerland to argue that more rules on gun ownership aren’t necessary. In 2016, the NRA said on its blog that the European country had one of the lowest murder rates in the world while still having millions of privately owned guns and a few hunting weapons that don’t even require a permit. But the Swiss have some specific rules and regulations for gun use.
Switzerland is obsessed with getting shooting right. Every year, it holds a shooting contest for kids aged 13 to 17. Zurich’s Knabenschiessen is a traditional annual festival that dates back to the 1600s.
Though the word roughly translates to “boys shooting” and the competition used to be only boys, teenage girls have been allowed in since 1991.
Kids in the country flock to the competition every September to compete in target shooting using Swiss army service rifles. They’re proud to show off how well they can shoot.
Accuracy is prized above all else, and a Schutzenkonig — a king or queen of marksmen — is crowned.
Having an armed citizenry helped keep the Swiss neutral for more than 200 years.
The Swiss stance is one of “armed neutrality.”
Switzerland hasn’t taken part in any international armed conflict since 1815, but some Swiss soldiers help with peacekeeping missions around the world.
Many Swiss see gun ownership as part of a patriotic duty to protect their homeland.
Unlike the US, Switzerland has mandatory military service for men.
All men between the ages of 18 and 34 deemed “fit for service” are given a pistol or a rifle and trained.
After they’ve finished their service, the men can typically buy and keep their service weapons, but they have to get a permit for them.
In recent years, the Swiss government has voted to reduce the size of the country’s armed forces.
Switzerland’s borders are basically designed to blow up on command, with at least 3,000 demolition points on bridges, roads, rails, and tunnels around the landlocked European country.
John McPhee put it this way in his book “La Place de la Concorde Suisse”:
“Near the German border of Switzerland, every railroad and highway tunnel has been prepared to pinch shut explosively. Nearby mountains have been made so porous that whole divisions can fit inside them.”
Roughly a quarter of the gun-toting Swiss use their weapons for military or police duty.
In 2000, more than 25% of Swiss gun owners said they kept their weapon for military or police duty, while less than 5% of Americans said the same. In addition to the militia’s arms, the country has about 2 million privately owned guns — a figure that has been plummeting over the past decade.
The Swiss government has estimated that about half of the privately owned guns in the country are former service rifles. But there are signs the Swiss gun-to-human ratio is dwindling.
In 2007, the Small Arms Survey found that Switzerland had the third-highest ratio of civilian firearms per 100 residents (46), outdone by only the US (89) and Yemen (55).
But it seems that figure has dropped over the past decade. It’s now estimated that there’s about one civilian gun for every three Swiss people.
Gun sellers follow strict licensing procedures. Swiss authorities decide on a local level whether to give people gun permits. They also keep a log of everyone who owns a gun in their region, known as a canton, though hunting rifles and some semiautomatic long arms are exempt from the permit requirement.
But cantonal police don’t take their duty dolling out gun licenses lightly. They might consult a psychiatrist or talk with authorities in other cantons where a prospective gun buyer has lived before to vet the person.
Swiss laws are designed to prevent anyone who’s violent or incompetent from owning a gun.
People who’ve been convicted of a crime or have an alcohol or drug addiction aren’t allowed to buy guns in Switzerland.
The law also states that anyone who “expresses a violent or dangerous attitude” won’t be permitted to own a gun.
Gun owners who want to carry their weapon for “defensive purposes” also have to prove they can properly load, unload, and shoot their weapon and must pass a test to get a license.
Switzerland is also one of the richest, healthiest, and, by some measures, happiest countries in the world.
Switzerland was ranked sixth in the UN’s 2019 World Happiness Report.
The Swiss have been consistently near the top of this list. In 2017, when Switzerland was ranked fourth overall among nations, the report authors noted that the country tends to do well on “all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.”
Meanwhile, according to the report, happiness has taken a dive over the past decade in the US.
The report authors cite “declining social support and increased corruption,” as well as addiction and depression for the fall. Around the world, stronger gun laws have been linked to fewer gun deaths. That has been the case in Switzerland too.
“We have guns at home, but they are kept for peaceful purposes,” Martin Killias, a professor of criminology at Zurich University, told the BBC in 2013. “There is no point taking the gun out of your home in Switzerland because it is illegal to carry a gun in the street.”
That’s mostly true. Hunters and sports shooters are allowed to transport their guns only from their home to the firing range — they can’t just stop off for coffee with their rifle.
And guns cannot be loaded during transport to prevent them from accidentally firing in a place like Starbucks — something that has happened in the US at least twice.
All this being said, I just wish the USA would work with other nations who are better than us at certain things like guns. That old saying is to say to surround yourself with those that are better than you so you can learn and grow.