WBEZ | universal conscription http://www.wbez.org/tags/universal-conscription Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Examining South Korea’s shockingly low rates of gun ownership http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-02/examining-south-korea%E2%80%99s-shockingly-low-rates-gun-ownership-89983 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/southkorea.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In South Korea, guns are so highly regulated that even the criminal underworld has trouble arming itself. The country has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the developed world.</p><p>As part of our <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/herethere" target="_blank">Here, There</a></em> series where we we examine how other countries tackle problems we face here at home, <a href="http://history.ucdavis.edu/professor/kyu-hyun_kim#anchorContact" target="_blank">Kyu Hyun Kim</a>, a professor of Korean history at the University of California-Davis, tells us about South Korea's unique gun culture.</p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 16:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-02/examining-south-korea%E2%80%99s-shockingly-low-rates-gun-ownership-89983 In Switzerland, lots of guns but little gun crime http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-02/switzerland-lots-guns-little-gun-crime-89981 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/switzerland.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>As part of our <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/herethere" target="_blank">Here, There</a></em> series, we're taking a look at gun ownership and crime in other countries. In Switzerland, guns are readily available. Recreational shooting and shooting clubs are popular among Swiss men. Military service is compulsory, and the government issues automatic assault rifles and ammunition to all young males.</p><p>Despite widespread gun ownership, Switzerland has a very low rate of gun crime, says <a href="http://www.crim.upenn.edu/faculty/profiles/adler.html" target="_blank">Freda Adler</a> an expert in comparative criminology who's lived and studied in Switzerland.</p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 15:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-02/switzerland-lots-guns-little-gun-crime-89981