3 Shocking Facts About Gun Culture Outside the U.S.

You hear lots of facts from the fake news teams across America about the dangers of guns and the desperate need for gun control. How much of this rhetoric is actually reality? It’s pretty tough to tell, which is why we’ve searched up some interesting gun facts from around the world that seem to prove the issue isn’t the weapons, it’s the crazy people who are able to get their hands on them.

For instance, did you know that Switzerland has the third-lowest homicide rate in the world, and relatively lenient gun control laws? Retired Swiss military personnel are even allowed to keep their service weapons, and the country isn’t exactly a free-for-all battlefield.

Here are three more shocking facts about guns around the world the media never talks about.

#1: Brazil is a Living Warning Sign

If we want to see the true failure of gun laws, you don’t have to even travel outside the Americas. In Brazil, laws are extremely tight and do not even allow private citizens to purchase weapons at all. There are mandatory licensing and registration laws as well, and it’s an extremely restrictive environment. According to the liberals, that should mean that Brazil is one of the safest places in the world, right? Just the opposite — their homicide rate is nearly triple that of the United States!

#2: Germany LOVES Guns

Apparently, Germans love two things: beer and guns. Germany’s guns per capita rate puts them at 15th in the world, with around 5.5 million legal weapons registered in this country of only 1.45 million individuals. Even more interesting, the police union in Germany estimates that nearly 20 million illegal weapons are active in the country. Germans have clearly learned to handle their weapons, as their homicide rate is among the lowest in Europe at 0.05 per 1,000 people. When you compare this to 3.34 per thousand individuals in the U.S., you get an idea of how well the gun situation is handled in Germany. The country’s government requires individuals under the age of 25 to undergo extensive evaluations before purchasing a gun.

#3: Gun-Free Britain is More Dangerous Than America

While you may hear that Brits are among the safest due to their gun control measures, the reality is quite different. The U.K. has one of the highest rates of violent crimes in Europe, and the problem has actually gotten worse since additional gun control measures were enacted. More than 2/3 of British nationals feel that gun and knife crime has made their area unsafe, and violent crime rates continue to rise. In 1997, strict handgun restrictions were introduced, yet street robberies, rapes and violent crimes are up double digits starting in 2001. Even more interesting is that British crimes are not recorded as “crime” until the individual has been convicted — as opposed to the U.S. where “crime” is reported as soon as it has been discovered.

What are the big lessons from this tour of the world? Heavy-duty restrictions on guns don’t necessarily make people safer! Education in combination with cultural cohesion make just about any region safer — no matter how many guns are available.

~ Firearm Daily

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