Swiss voters have decided, in a referendum, to back European Union inspired limitations upon gun ownership in that country. This is the correct way to handle such issues too. No, not necessarily to handle the issue of guns and who can own them – my argument is entirely agnostic on that point. Rather, this is how to handle possible mismatches between the desires of the federasts in Brussels and the people. Vote on it.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Voters in Switzerland have backed a tightening of gun laws to conform with European Union regulations. Almost 64% of voters in Sunday’s referendum supported tougher restrictions on semi-automatic and automatic weapons, final results show. [/perfectpullquote]
As to the why the vote had to be held:[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] The restrictions, which apply to non-EU member Switzerland because it is part of Europe’s Schengen open-border system, had raised hackles among shooting enthusiasts ahead of the vote. Failure to adopt the rules could have forced Switzerland to leave the passport-free Schengen zone and the Dublin joint system for handling asylum requests. [/perfectpullquote]
Allow the people to decide whether they think that this part of what Brussels wishes to impose is worth the other things which Brussels does. And just think what would happen if we actually turned the EU into what Switzerland itself is? A proper participatory democracy where the power to call a referendum lies with the people themselves.
Wouldn’t that be wonderful?