Before his tragic passing, Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL and author of the book “American Sniper,” had some interesting things to say about the movement against the Second Amendment by Obama and the left.
At the 2013 SHOT Show, Kyle was interviewed about various issues, including the Second Amendment and Obama’s attack on it. He stated that the president’s actions were “opening the doors for them to start taking more of our rights.” The Second Amendment “was started by our Founding Fathers, and they had the same weapons the military did,” he passionately argued. “We don’t even have that today. But don’t try to take what I’ve already got.”
The SHOT show is a trade show for the shooting, hunting, and firearms industry. It is an annual event that is held with IWA and OutdoorClassics.
Chris Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL who fought in the Iraq War. He distinguished himself as one of the most lethal snipers in the conflict. He earned several medals and was credited with 150 confirmed kills, the most lethal sniper in U.S. history.
After his four tours were completed, he wrote a book and started Craft International LLC, which is a business that trains law enforcement and individuals on firearm use. Kyle was tragically murdered in 2013 at a shooting range by one of his friends.
At the 2013 SHOT Show, Kyle also discussed gun bans in countries like England and Australia. He said, “Their gun violence went down, that’s for sure — their overall crime rate went up. When people aren’t afraid because they know the populace is unarmed, what’s going to deter them from attacking someone, robbing them, or committing a crime?”
So, was Chris Kyle right? The data says “yes.” According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, homicide rates rose after England banned firearms. Since they banned guns in 1996, there was only one year when homicide rates were lower than what they were before the ban. As a matter of fact, the homicide rate had nearly doubled between 1996 and 2002. Murder rates only decreased after England deployed a greater number of police officers between 2003 and 2004. However, the number of homicides still remains higher than before the ban.
It appears Kyle’s assessment was correct — taking away people’s weapons does not make them safer; indeed, it makes them less safe. It makes sense. Criminals are less likely to victimize others if they know they could be harmed or killed in the process. When a violent offender knows that their victims cannot defend themselves, they are more likely to commit acts of violence.
In the interview, Kyle also brought up the country of Switzerland, who has relatively lax gun laws in comparison to the rest of Europe. He said, “Look at Switzerland — it has the lowest crime rate. Everybody has a weapon because everyone has to do two years in the military and then you keep your rifle and you go home. So everybody’s armed.”
Again, Kyle is right. According to the BBC, Swiss men between the ages of 18 and 34 are required to serve in the military. The Swiss military issues assault rifles or pistols to their soldiers. The soldiers keep these weapons at home. Until recently, former service members kept their weapons after they had finished their duties.
Of course, this does not mean that Switzerland does not have laws that restrict gun ownership. The BBC states that automatic weapons and heavy machine guns are banned, along with silencers. Additionally, people who wish to purchase firearms must obtain a permit. They must not have a criminal record, an addiction, or psychiatric issues.
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The prevailing wisdom of the left states that lax gun laws mean more gun crime. However, this is not the case in Switzerland. Despite the fact that most of their citizens own weapons, they have one of the lowest murder rates in the world. Nation Master states that Switzerland’s murder rate is at .71 people per 100,000 people per year while the United States is currently at 5.
The Second Amendment was established by the Founders so that individuals could protect themselves and their families. However, the left seems to believe that allowing ordinary citizens to arm themselves is dangerous. The data does not support their claims.
Hopefully, more Americans will hear the wisdom of people like Chris Kyle. Taking weapons away from law-abiding citizens does not make Americans safer — it puts them more at risk.