Comments on: Swiss code of arms http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/04/10/swiss-code-of-arms/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: dratbil http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/04/10/swiss-code-of-arms/comment-page-1/#comment-354353 Sat, 13 Apr 2013 01:27:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=38857#comment-354353 There are people who hate guns…or snakes…or other races. This gal is one of the former and will ALWAYS hate guns. Hopefully she will never have to face a mugger or rapist in her Australia because she will have no possible handgun defense. So be it.

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By: pacific_waters http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/04/10/swiss-code-of-arms/comment-page-1/#comment-354348 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:57:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=38857#comment-354348 “I have quite a simple relationship with firearms. I don’t like them: their power scares me.” You’ve defined your entire relationship with the world. Power frightens you and claiming your own power is beyond comprehension.

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By: HenryJMiller http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/04/10/swiss-code-of-arms/comment-page-1/#comment-354345 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:18:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=38857#comment-354345 IMO the correct term for describing Mr. Denis Balibouse is ‘twitzenshiest.’

This person is undeserving of the freedom he is being afforded.

And Reuters is reprehensible for giving this person a venue to spout his twisted hoplophobia.

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By: ShiroiKarasu http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/04/10/swiss-code-of-arms/comment-page-1/#comment-354344 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:12:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=38857#comment-354344 This is a side comment: Australian men are generally very cool people. But I’ve met several Australian women in my lifetime, and they all have an irritating trait of making comments about how other countries should be like theirs- “Why don’t you stop being like you are and just be like Australia where the milk and honey flows from every rock and money grows on trees?”

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By: ShiroiKarasu http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/04/10/swiss-code-of-arms/comment-page-1/#comment-354343 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:08:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=38857#comment-354343 To choose to be unarmed is perfectly fine. That’s the author’s choice, I respect it as anyone should.

Who has the unusual relationship with weapons- the youth who understands his weapon and is not afraid of it, or the Australian woman who knows nothing of weapons, is irrationally afraid of an inanimate object, and projects her fears about the misuse of said weapons upon a stranger who possesses one?

Me, I’d rather be the guy drinking a beer with my rifle in the dirt and no such irrational worries. Australia overreacted to the actions of a psychopath. Switzerland doesn’t let psychopaths dictate their policy. Good for them.

Normalization (read: legalization) creates normal, rational relations with the permitted objects, or at least the possibility of them. Confiscation creates superstition, fear, and propagandizing by a media mechanism designed to make people feel good about their culture and government. Think that’s a bad argument? What if replaced the word “gun” with “pot” or better yet, “homosexuality”?

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By: Esattum http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/04/10/swiss-code-of-arms/comment-page-1/#comment-354342 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:51:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=38857#comment-354342 Where in the whole world could you find a place where “normal” people (citizens) hang around with firearms without everyone screaming or being afraid? It’s a land of democracy, it is not a coincidence that during elections the parties refer to the population as “the Ruler”, but which ruler as no power? Not only in written laws but also in facts? In Switzerland everyone has the power to really make the difference: during elections, voting for new laws or even in desperate cases(that the future could reserve to us)!
The Swiss army is there so that anybody who does military service could experience what it means to be responsible of something greater than its garden, and in the culture of Switzerland a great trust is put in those citizens who prove to be responsible owning a gun which could protect themselves, their family and friends or their nation.
In my opinion every nation where the authority can not trust the population is a subjugated nation.
Switzerland isn’t.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/04/10/swiss-code-of-arms/comment-page-1/#comment-354340 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:50:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=38857#comment-354340 Switzerland’s position in history as a neutral nation surrounded by belligerents is clear. Leave them out of the armed conflicts, and they will trade with all sides equally (more or less). Invade, and they will become a nation of guerillas, taking those personal weapons into the hills and making life miserable for an invading army.

They have not always lived up to that ideal, and there are many reasons to dislike some of the things that the Swiss stand for. But as an ideal for a small, landlocked country surrounded by war for centries, it is not a bad one.

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By: swamper http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/04/10/swiss-code-of-arms/comment-page-1/#comment-354339 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:27:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=38857#comment-354339 Switzerland can remain neutral because it chooses to be neutral, not because it is forced to be neutral. Without a strong self defense there can be no choices.

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By: EJCanadian http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/04/10/swiss-code-of-arms/comment-page-1/#comment-354338 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:07:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=38857#comment-354338 The man is clearly a wimp who does not understand that violence is the ‘ultimate’ authority! If we want the freedoms that flow from a peaceful society, then we must be prepared to confront and defend against those who would take them from us. Hitler, Stalin and the rest are not the aberrations many would like to pretend. They are everywhere, and they will take power again.

A man who can and will defend himself is not a bully or a terrorist. But, if ever we become so weak, and spineless the the very thought of violence results in paralysis, the bullies not miss an opportunity to strike.

When push come to shove, hippie babble does not cut it! Have another puff my friend…….. “peace brother, all you need is love.”

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By: swamper http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2013/04/10/swiss-code-of-arms/comment-page-1/#comment-354337 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:00:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=38857#comment-354337 “The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed – where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.”

Judge Alex Kozinski

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