This is rather fascinating. In peaceful Sweden visits to the nation's only gun club have soared since the club opened in 2007. That's according to Swedish gun club sees surge in client numbers, and here's an interesting quote:
Since The Target was set up in 2007, it has seen an almost four-fold increase in customers. They welcomed 3,000 visitors in their first year of business, a number that reached 15,000 in 2013.
(Four-fold? I've always had trouble with the metric system.)
Recreational shooting is a fun sport, and the search for a satisfactory means of self defense is a strong urge, right up there with food, clothing, shelter, sex, and coffee. Unfortunately, guns are tightly restricted in Sweden. Here's another quote:
Joining a shooting club is a prerequisite to owning a gun in Sweden. Before a person can file a gun ownership licence application with the police, he or she needs to have been a member for at least six months. In Stockholm County alone, the number of applications climbed from 12,051 to 15,974 in just three years.
"It is very strict and hard to get a weapon license in Sweden," points out Amnebring, who says the club has so far helped 90 members get a licence.
Ouch. 90 out of 16,000 isn't that good. It's hard to picture a socialist country with the civil liberties enjoyed here in the U.S., but the movement does seem to have momentum. Anyway, happy shooting, Swedes.