Chuck Holton, a correspondent for the National Rifle Association’s NRATV, credited Switzerland’s low crime rate on the “homogeneity” of its culture, echoing a long-held white nationalist talking point.
During the July 20 broadcast of NRATV’s Stinchfield, Holton discussed his reporting on gun laws in several European countries and how they compare to those in the United States. Holton praised Switzerland’s high gun ownership and low crime rate, which he attributed to the country’s “homogeneity,” saying he wished we could “go back to” having one culture in the U.S. NRATV host Grant Stinchfield attempted to clean up Holton’s comment by adding “regardless of color or race or religion, or any of those things”:
CHUCK HOLTON (NRATV CORRESPONDENT): You know it really has been fascinating to just kind of get an overview of the gun laws and how they affect -- how the culture affects the gun laws, I guess. Because you take a place like Switzerland, where they have a strong gun culture, number two to the United States as far as gun ownership and although they have very, very low crime. Very, very low murder rates. Essentially, maybe one per 100,000 a year or less. Very, very low and yet -- so what I’m saying is that it doesn’t have anything to do with the crime rate, as far as more guns equals more crime. That’s not true. What I’ve seen is actually the safer places that we’ve been, be that Monaco, San Marino, even Italy to some extent up in the north, and here in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, those places tend to have higher gun ownership but lower crime. And it really doesn’t have anything to do, I don’t think even with gun ownership, as much as it does with the homogeneity of the culture. That is, the people who just -- they feel like they’re part of a country, they feel like they’re part of one culture and they aren’t so divided like we are in the United States. And that’s something that kind of makes you go man, it would be really nice to go back to that time in the U.S. where we all just felt like Americans and we left each other alone to, you know, hey, it’s a free country.
GRANT STINCHFIELD (NRATV HOST): Yeah, regardless of color or race or religion, or any of those things. Where we all just were Americans.
Attributing a country’s successes, particularly a low crime, to “homogeneity” is a common talking point that’s been advanced by white nationalist publications, including American Renaissance and VDare, in order to attack diversity.
Holton has a history of making racist claims, including comparing a Black waiter to former President Barack Obama as a joke about Obama’s qualifications to be president, fear mongering about Black Lives Matter committing mass violence against whites, and demanding Black people join whites in “respecting authority and taking responsibility.” He has routinely promoted the work of scientific racist and eugenics proponent Stefan Molyneux and previously tweeted there is “plenty of proof the black culture is inherently more violent than other cultures.”