No, Switzerland does not give every citizen a gun

Published on 06/03/2019 at 15:09

A meme being shared in South Africa claims that Switzerland gives every citizen a gun, trains them to use them, and that the country has the world’s lowest gun violence rates. Switzerland does indeed have relatively high rates of gun ownership and low rates of violence, but it’s an exaggeration to claim that the state gives “every” citizen a firearm.