Israel Private Gun Ownership vs. United States Private Gun Ownership

[Correction to the person who created this: Israel is even more socialist than the United States.]

[Thanks to Randy Peoples]

UPDATE: My friend David Sack writes:

“Funny you should use that title. In Israel, there is virtually NO private gun ownership (the exception being Jews, and not Arabs, who live in the “occupied territories”). Almost every weapon belongs to the army, police force, or private security firms licensed by the national police. What you do have (which is similar to Switzerland, I think) is anyone who is on active duty or the reserves (which is effectively the entire male population from 18 to about 50, and many women as well) are *required* to have their military issued weapons with them, or secured in their homes for easy access. In addition, schools, camps, youth tour groups, etc., are required to have “security” on premises or when going on trips. Security for these functions are provided either by private companies (which give the guards police-sanctioned guns) or by off-duty military reserve personnel who carry their army issued firearms. The upshot of all this is that while Israel is a heavily armed society, there is very little “private” ownership of firearms (hence, your socialist comment). This creates all sorts of bureaucratic hassles as well, as they are required to account for the bullets they use, which means that there is almost no target practice outside of government facilities which are specially designated for that purpose and for which bullets may be obtained. I was on a trip once with a guy who wanted to fire his newly issued M-16 (fully automatic) but refused to fire it on automatic mode and only took a couple of shots (and only let me take a couple of shots) because he had to account for the bullets, and didn’t want to waste them by taking target practice outside of a government facility.”


10:35 am on December 21, 2012