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It's hard to say why something isn't happening but some possible reasons include: Not a good, successful history of armed resistance against invaders, e.g. against Japan. The KMT regime was mostly a dictatorship. It killed thousads of its own citizens, especially early on. Taiwan only really democratized relatively recently, with martial law only cancelled ...


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A Swiss type solution would indeed seem to be a possible approach, especially if coupled with large scale conscription and training. Without it, the idea is rather pointless. In 1981, all conscripts began serving two years. Ten years later, the conscription period was reduced to twenty-two months, and alternative military service became an option. Between ...


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As a Taiwanese I think I can answer with personal experience. It is not apparent to the people living in Taiwan that gun-ownership would lead to stronger national defense. In fact, I do not think there is compelling evidence that suggest this is the case. If we want to have stronger military capability to defend ourselves then we would increase spending on, ...


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But wouldn’t putting a rifle in every Taiwanese home act as a powerful deterrent against invasions? This might be the case if rifle-wielding civilians are actually threatening. They aren't, for two reasons: Military-grade rifles are much more powerful than ordinary rifles. Civilians are bad at war. #1 shouldn't be surprising, e.g. one of the rifles an ...


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