Sport shooting is under assault around the world. It is clear that culture is a pre-determinant of how a society reacts to the legal firearm usage. Emotion, not facts, motivates much of the worldwide move to ban the private ownership of guns.

When enjoying the breathtaking scenery from a Swiss train, an Australian could be totally shocked to see two men with scoped rifles aiming at targets on a firing range in close proximity to a highway which runs parallel to the train line. The walking track transverses the shooting range and two women walking a dog are observed nonchalantly taking a direction that will soon place them in front of the rifles. The Australian tourist immediately senses high danger and is dumbstruck with the apparent complacency and bewildering lack of safety.

But in Switzerland this is a common occurrence and not a cause for alarm. Why are Australians and the Swiss so very different about their attitude to guns?

Possible answer

British Association of Shooting & Conservation

“You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There’s only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time … It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers. I happen to know this from personal experience.”

– Ronald Reagan

A documentary on the values of private ownership of firearms for The World Forum On the Future of Sport Shooting Activities:

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