On Swissinfo Daillon gunman wanted to settle family dispute We've had a lot of threads about US gun safety. Heavily armed but peaceful Switzerland often comes up. The truth is despite a much more sober attitude to weapons than Americans the Swiss do have a significant gun safety problem. The main area for concern is a very high suicide by firearm rate among men, not far behind are various kinds of family shootings and drunken incidents. In this case we have a family row, drink taken and it's notable that the perp had mental problems was seen as a risk by family and the police had sensibly destroyed the modern millitary part of his arsenal but he was still left with a shotgun and had acquired antique but serviceable bolt action military rifles. You could see this as a failure of the relatively liberal Swiss attitude to gun control or contemplate what the body count might be like if he'd gone amok with an assault rifle. Personally I think the Swiss model of limited controls on basic hunting arms and a fairly easy but thoroughly policed FAC process for getting your hands on guns designed for homicide is a good balance respecting safety risks and traditional pleasures of gun ownership.