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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

US law: guns and French cheese - compare and contrast

On his blog,, John Aravosis takes a look at a graphic which has been pretty widely circulated around the Internet recently, especially after the shootings in Aurora, Colorado.

It illustrates the relative  ease (written into the US constitution of course)  with which an individual can legally purchase and own a firearm in the States.

And it contrasts that with the restrictions there are in some parts of the country with importing cheese - French cheese in particular.

Aravosis set out to explore how much myth there was surrounding the seemingly ridiculous comparison.

His conclusion? He couldn't "confirm that any of the cheeses listed in the graphic above are actually "banned" in the US" because there exist variations, depending on the way in which they're produced and age, which make them legal.

That said, the graphic, while not entirely accurate, surely shows just how ridiculous the United States appears to an outsider in terms of its gun laws, the individual's right to bear arms as covered in the Second Amendment and....of all things....the need to protect its citizens from cheese - of all things.


Anonymous said...

My name is Maureen, and I'm originally from Wisconsin, where my father used to own a gun store. We always had guns at home, and it didn't bother me at the time. I discovered France in 1973 where I met my husband Jean-Nicolas. With the husband came the discovery of French food, and cheese in particular. I've been living here ever since, and discovered civilisation. Guns are basically illegal here, apart for riffles for hunting. The occasional hunter gets shot - accidentally - but you never (or should I say seldom) hear of deranged people going on a rampage as we hear all to often from the US. So vive la France, vive le gruyere!


France Today said...

Thank you for your comment Maureen. I'm not sure what a "riffle" is (sorry, I couldn't resist that). I hate to shatter your illusions but the real Gruyère cheese (AOC) is actually Swiss. There's a French equivalent of course but to be totally accurate they would have to be labelled Gruyère-type cheeses.

Barbara1959 said...

// The FDA in the USA bans the sale of any imported cheese from raw milk that is not aged for a minimum of 60 days. The thinking was/is that the curing process kills the bacteria.. The IRONY is that just TWO people died over 15 years from eating raw milk cheese. 450,000 people died over that period from GUNS (that includes suicides, but hey, we don’t let people intentionally kill themselves by eating French cheese, so why allow guns?)//

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