Continuing on with yesterday’s theme:
There is probably no other country that, like Switzerland, gives the soldier his weapon to keep in the home. The Swiss always has his rifle at hand. It belongs to the furnishings of his home. That corresponds to the ancient Swiss tradition; the Swiss soldier lives in constant companionship with his rifle. He knows what that means. With his rifle, he is liable every hour, if the country calls, to defend his hearth, his home, his family, his birthplace. The weapon is to him a pledge and a sign of honor and freedom. The Swiss does not part with his rifle.
President Phillipp Etter at a June 1939 shooting festival
If only we could do the same here.