Switzerland: So Many Guns, No Mass Shootings | The Daily Show

Switzerland: So Many Guns, No Mass Shootings | The Daily Show

America loves guns. (screams) Hell, I love guns. But I also hate guns. Another mass shooting
in America. -Another mass shooting.
-Yet another mass shooting. KOSTA:
So I was wondering, what if there was a world where
people could keep their guns and have no mass shootings? Welcome to Switzerland, a neutral country most known for its cobblestone streets
perfect for skipping, its clocks,
sophisticated pocketknives and guns. Turns out peaceful Switzerland is one of the most heavily
armed nations in the world. And, like America,
they love their guns. Yet they have
almost zero gun violence. How the (bleep)
is that possible? Luckily, I ran into an expert. Is that a gun in your pocket
or are you just… Oh, no, that’s a gun. Meet Mikko. For 20-plus years
he’s been a firearms instructor for law enforcement personnel,
military and special forces. He also happens to be
one hunk of a man. So, Thor, tell me about Swiss gun culture. We respect the guns because
we have a mandatory service. Every man who goes to the army,
they get training and a rifle, um,
in case of invasion. KOSTA: Which, to be fair,
is a real threat, since the last time
Switzerland was invaded was in 1798
before color was invented, so of course
they have a militia. The culture
is a little bit different comparing to some other country. You’re familiar
that I’m American, right? You can just say these things
to my face. You don’t have to say
“other countries.” I think the gun culture
in America is getting out of hand.
It is a joke. There should be
common-sense gun laws. Common sense.
That’s not our strength. Yeah, I’ve noticed that. Yeah, well, I can say that, -but I don’t like it
when you say that. -Okay. KOSTA:
But what we do have is that good old American
gun freedom. God! You know how easy it is
to get a gun in the U.S.? I just go to Walmart,
give them the money, gun. -I know. It’s crazy.
-My Uncle Paul, out of his truck,
he’s got a bunch of guns. My brother Todd has a gun. You want to use it? Boom,
borrow it for the weekend. -That’s nice.
-Not really. In Switzerland,
you can get a gun from your grandparents
or from your father, but you still have to do
the paperwork. Even if I get a gun
from my grandpa, -I still got to tell the cops
about it? -Yeah. KOSTA:
That’s crazy, because in most states
in America, you can buy a gun
almost immediately without any background check. But not in Switzerland. You apply the permit
from the police. You provide clearance
of your criminal record, that you don’t have
any convictions. -Wait for two weeks.
-What if it’s a small crime? What if you got caught urinating
in public? You got caught for sleeping
with your cousin ’cause you didn’t know
it was a cousin ’cause it was
at your family reunion and she looked like she worked
at catering? -I mean… -What if it’s, like,
assaulting a police officer, but really you were
just tickling him? If you can’t be responsible
of following some other simple rules
in society, to behave, why should you have a gun? You don’t need to raise
your voice over this. Was there even a payoff
to all these rules? -How many school shootings
have there been? -None. -What about malls? Are there
many people sh… -None. What about, like,
major holidays? -People get shot up at
major holidays here? -Nothing. KOSTA:
Come on. With all those guns, they had to have at least one
mass shooting somewhere. After weeks of research, I discovered there was,
in fact, one mass shooting in the Swiss Parliament
in 2001. But they haven’t
had one since?! C’est incroyable. You had a mass shooting
17 years ago. We have one every 17 minutes. This is something that I’m having a hard time
comprehending. You learned from a mistake, and you made an improvement
in the law. That’s so Europe. And while Switzerland’s
last mass shooting was in 2001, America has had…
No, keep going. No, more. More. Yeah, there you go. Over 1,900 mass shootings
since 2012, averaging to about one a day. Which is why Mikko felt
I needed to be properly trained before I headed back
to the States. We have the talk
about safety first. Can I, like, like…
with this one? -Yeah, just leave it alone.
Don’t-don’t touch it. -Don’t… How are we gonna shoot it
if I can’t touch it? Well ,let me explain you
the rules first. So, number one thing
that you have to remember is that you always treat
the guns as if they’re loaded, because probably most
of the accidents that happens happens with “empty” guns. -All right, so this one here,
this… -Don’t touch it. Don’t touch it. I think you don’t pay enough,
you know, attention -to what I’m saying.
-Okay. I’m listening. So, you just have to follow
four simple rules. Number one: you treat the guns
always as they’re loaded. (distorted): Number two:
you never point anything… Number four… I got a feeling that
you’re not paying attention. What? No, I am. Let’s do it. Let’s blow some shit up. Mikko,
when you load these things, you ever get a little bit
of a… (whistles) …erection? -Do exactly what I say, okay?
-Okay. -All right, pay attention.
-Pay attention Okay, and slowly press back
until the gun goes off. Jesus! This scares the shit out of me. I’m glad we had
that safety instruction. This is the dream. Shooting guns without the fear
of getting shot? This is where
America should be. All we need to do
is keep ammo separate and have universal criminal
and mental background checks, have extremely strict
open carry laws, justification for ownership, send written requests
to authorities, and…
(sighs) basically just change
our entire gun culture. We can do that, right? It’s not really that fun
when you keep shitting yourself. You’ll get used to it.

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100 Replies to “Switzerland: So Many Guns, No Mass Shootings | The Daily Show”

  1. There are background checks to buy a gun and there is paperwork to transfer gun ownership including another background check

  2. Americans are all at least borderline sociopaths… We love to argue, fight, and defend to the death our right to be completely bat-shit crazy if we choose to be. We contradict ourselves by saying we "love Jesus", holding others to a certain code of ethics when it suits our fancy, and then dropping The Lamb of God like a fucking hot potato when it comes to screwing over our neighbor to make a fast buck. No wonder Europeans assume we must all be from Mississippi…

  3. Why can't gun ownership be linked to a person's psychological profile? What if psychologists came up with a test that measured your ability to empathize with others, whether or not you dehumanize other people, and if you have homicidal fantasies before you're handed a gun?

    For people who think forced military service will do anything other than make mass shooters more efficient killers, you're stupid. Same with people who think safety training matters to people who don't respect the lives of others. I'm pretty sure most mass shooters view their victims as NPCs or lower, which is the real source of the problem.

  4. I know this is old … but i have to say …. Mikko is a hottie … Quit touching the gun Kosta until Mikko says so!!: )

  5. Where can I buy a gun without a background check? What range can I go to and not have to go through a safety orientation?
    The misinformation in this video is mind boggling.

  6. This only proves people kill people. Our culture is much different. I dont know why it seems more crazy people live here.. I think many of the mass shooters would have passed strict background checks. Gun laws are as effective as drug laws.. criminals dont follow laws. I know its cliche. Suicides, police shootings and mass shootings comprise .01% of deaths in this country. Cars, eating food, and falling down stairs are more dangerous. Let's all walk, stop eating and start building ramps. After that let's get rid of guns.

  7. They probably don't have an NRA equivalent buying all their politicians. That's why they can actually pass sensible gun laws.

  8. Many more reasons. More stable families. Switzerland also has a school system that teaches kids real skills, not just how to take a test.

  9. Well you already failed one, I think your mental…..I mean funny. You shouldn't own guns! How you like those gun laws now?

  10. We have too many different races and religions here. Most feel threatened because they are not the majority. When people fail in life, they tend to blame all the other people. That is how the revenge starts.

  11. Left wing socialist bs. They lumping gang shootings and suicides and accidents all together as mass shootings. It's the same old lie to try and pass gun control. Mass shootings are about 0.16% of gun deaths in America. More people get killed with knives than guns.

  12. Switzerland has so many guns but no mass shootings because they're not MULTICULTURAL.
    They share a common language, a common religion and a common national identity; in other words, THE SWISS HAVE NOTHING TO FIGHT OVER!
    Try applying for Swiss citizenship if you aren't a Swiss born national.

  13. Typical leftist reporter behaving like a total assclown in an attempt to degrade the US, while completely ignorant of the fact that kissing the gun instructor's ass brought him zero respectability.

  14. Bunch a pussies. I bet they wish they had the second amendment like we do in America, the governernment can try and get the guns away from me but their will be a fire fight waiting for them.

  15. What "1900 mass shootings" in 7 years are they talking about? Did they scew the numbers with strong armed robberys that were not rapidly delt with and or deterred by armed and trained citizens? Something is definitely awry with the numbers if he is claiming that a mass shooting happens ever 17mins. Also to purchase a firearm from Any FFL dealer there has been required background checks for years now. It's almost impossible to take anything this guy says seriously when this host is spewing with sarcasm.

  16. Yes we should have common sense gun laws, but when you have a flip flop for a president (and a coward) who feels indebted to the NRA, it makes gun reform difficult; no impossible.

  17. Why are they all acting as if Americans too stupid to figure it out? Gun reform is necessary and should be simple but it's becoming very obvious that there is so much corruption in our government preventing that from happening.

  18. Dumbasses talked over the "four simple rules of gun safety," tho 🤨 Minor detail. Apparently, that joke was more important than information that actually helps keep people safe.

  19. What the media doesn’t tell you is that under the FBI statistics, more murders happens with knives, batons, fist and hands. Mass shootings with long riffles are less than 0.06 %. Also, if you look closer, of the 30,000 gun death related, 20,000 are suicides (by handguns) while a good 60% is gang related, then you have accidental shootings, police shootings, and at the bottom, your normal murder. Yet, it’s funny how the democrats are going after the long riffle while must death are committed with handguns and knives.

  20. A mass shooting is 4 or more killed, most of these are drive by shootings and gang violence in democrat run cities.

  21. This about setting up a dictatorship. Removing guns from the population is the holy grail of dictatorships.
    President Trump. He killed America by giving leftist democrat dictators everything they wanted. He gave them his Red Flag and Pre-Crime Prison and other new gun laws. Trump murdered the constitution the 1st 2nd and 4th amendment rights. Now only the bad guys and corrupt government will have guns. Removing guns from good citizens is the holy grail of dictatorships.

  22. Why not check South Africa’s strict gun laws and compare that to the USA? The crime right has soared drastically in S.A. You can’t compare Switzerland to the USA, no one takes that seriously. Look at South Africa and how strict the gun laws are to the point that they’re almost disarming the man in the street YET our crime rate is by far HIGHER than America

  23. Switzerland: Crazy people should not own guns.
    USA: You will not take my guns. The second Amendment guarantees my rights to bear arm even if I'm crazy.

  24. Mostly Upper Middle Class to Upper Class, mostly educated, they govern themselves (they vote on everything), the culture is very intact (guns are not their culture, they barely carry them anywhere), there is very little diversity. The community decides if you’re a decent enough person to be a citizen, little movement in and out (they are not part of the EU), probably 99% of the population is proud to be Swiss.
    It’s hard to break that.

  25. The name AMERICA insinuates that MILLIONS of CENTRAL Americans + SOUTH Americans can TRESPASS by the MILLIONS each year in VIOLATION of immigration Laws. American is an AGENDA 21 NWO "name" promoted by the ZIONIST JEWS. The USA is the SIZE of 51 "State Countries" and has 325,MILLION,000 Citizens.
    With 60,MILLION,000 JOBS Leaving for China under George Dubaya + 40,MILLION,000 Undocumented Aliens working for Less than a "LIVING WAGE", many of the POOR "Uneducated" PEASANTS have resorted to burglary + Robbery to survive.
    Organized GANGS Like MS-13 have been a Problem, and recently the COMMUNIST CORE EDUCATION drop outs have become JUVENILE Gangs who break into Autos + Homes to access a Gun. Gun Stores have also become a favorite target for "SMASH + GRAB" with a stolen vehicle.
    The recent increase in RANDOM NONSENSICAL mass shootings is that the HOMELAND SECURITY ZIONISTS are performing FAKE FF HOAXES to BAN GUNS from Christians. HOMELAND INSECURITY usually renders the VAST CCTV SURVEILLANCE inoperable as in 9/11, Las Vegas 48 Hr Massacre DRILL, Parkland School DRILL, Pittsburgh SINagogue HOAX, or Jeffrey Epstein ESCAPE! The EVIDENCE usually contradicts the "OFFICIAL NARRATIVE", but it is ANTI-SEMITIC to Fact Check the ZIONIST JEWS in Control.

  26. Except for that Korean shooter 조성히 at Virgina Tech, i have NEVER Seen a White Gentile Mass Shooter. Every single one of them look Hybrid Israeli. 😩😝😖💩 That Pederson dude in Los vegas looks strait up Blonde hair Zionist, Part time Mossad volunteer. If they are White, 조성히 is "o" irish, like that Armenian Jew, Kevin O leary from the SHARKTANK 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😲😲😲😅😅

  27. "Do you know how easy it is to get a gun in the U.S, I just go to Walmart, (pssch) give them the money and, gun". WRONG, This couldn't be further from the truth. We do have background checks here in the U.S. look for a article that came out recently (August 2019) of the Liberal anti-gun woman that wanted to go buy a firearm at Walmart and was disappointed when she found out truly how difficult it is to acquire a firearm from a store. She eventually gave up on her quest to obtain a firearm, while documenting her entire journey. Those who are seeking to know the truth of how hard it is to get a firearm should search for this article, she is Liberal while being against guns, so she isn't going to spin her narrative. She was thoroughly surprized at the outcome. She is a better journalist than you are who dont even know basic U.S. gun laws. At least she went to seek the truth rather than speak what she assumed, like you and many other presumptive entertainment actors do.

  28. Umm it's not that easy to get a gun. Check out Tim Pools channel and you'll actually see how hard it is to purchase a gun from Walmart

  29. This Video is incredibly funny but the last thing Americans need is Stricter Gun Control laws and the Government passing so called "Common Sense Laws" that infringes on our God Given Rights

    Like just to use this video for example in Switzerland where your family members have to undergo a Background Check and wait a lengthy amount of time if you want to transfer a firearm to your loved ones

    Since the information is already available on the Internet I wont get into to much why Stricter Gun Control Laws dont work all we have to do is look at the States that already have it

    And the whole reason why Guns are argued should be banned because of its ability to inflict Mass Casualities yet Overseas there is still Bombings of mass get togethers

    Ramming cars into people and mass stabbings so we should ban Knives and Cars also right??? Oh wait in the United-Kingdom you cant even own Butter-Knives or any pointy objects

    The police there in the United-Kingdom conduct Search & Frisk that was modeled after the New York Police Department program that unfairly targeted minorities

    Violated everyone's Consitutional Rights and was grossly un-effective and was shut down that should tell the people in the United-Kingdom something but I guess not…

    Gun control is not the answer because once Guns are banned just like in the United-Kingdom they will pass laws that take away any other weapons that we have left that we can use to defend ourselves

    Untill one day as Americans we found ourselves where even owning a butter knife is illegal by the way look this up everyone you cant make this sh**t up even if you tried!!!

  30. Switzerland. I don't get it WTF is a neutral country anyway.. imagine 500 years ago some country telling another, hey look you can't war with us, cause we are neutral.. I know it's for criminals to hide their money, is all Switzerland is good for… And devil worshipping is big there now.. shady country that plays innocent

  31. Um.. you have to do a background checks. Now private sales are different. However if you sell to a felon your going to jail along with the felon.

  32. Hands and feet kill more people than all rifles of any type per year in the USA

    33,000 gun deaths per year
    65% suicide
    17% criminal (5610, some estimates are 80% gang violence)
    15% law enforcement
    3% accidents

    25% of the 5610 criminal gun deaths occur in 4 cities, Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore (interesting given their laws).

    10/10 feels bad to be a sheep.

  33. The only thing I disagree with is that in the US you always always have to do a background check no matter what. Except for private transactions but then if something bad happens it's on the seller too. Safety though should be number one priority, I agree. Too many intellectual inadequate people having guns lol

  34. The problem is that Switzerland seems to look at gun ownership as a sport or recreational tool, whereas Americans have an obsession with looking at gun ownership and legislation as a misguided security blanket for protection. Two very different states of mind.

  35. Huh. So if you train people in how to safely handle guns, you don't do something stupid with it. So second ammendment being absolute is a great idea alongside having classes in how to handle a gun safely.
    Also, most of the "statistic" you quoted are scetchy at best and all out wrong at worst.

  36. Switzerland population is 8 million. Chicago population 3 million. Usa population 300 million. Why no gangs in Switzerland? Next why doesn't Antarctica have any gun shootings.

  37. Switzerland doesn't have blacks or immigration. America has a demographic problem, not a gun problem. The definition of a mass shooting was changed to 4 or more so black and brown folks would be less likely to be labeled as a mass shooter, even though they commit the overwhelming majority of crimes in the United States.

  38. Ah yes , someones invaded my house and is trying to kill me . Let me just open my two safes and spend ages loading in ammunition so that i have no chance of being quick enough to defend myself.

  39. 1. I agree we should have mandatory service
    2. I agree their "Culture" is extremely different
    3. Nope, sorry you can not go into a Walmart give money and walk out with a gun. There are still background and identity checks just like every other FFL licensed dealer.
    4. If a friend or family member knowingly gives a gun to a felon they will be prosecuted and held accountable.
    5. The statement "because in most states you can almost immediately by a gun without any background check" is straight up false. If you don't believe me go and try it.
    6. In the U.S. a mass shooting is defined as an incident where 4 or more people get killed or "injured". It also includes gang violence and home invasions. It's also worth noting that the criteria used to be higher but was lowered to 4 people causing a statistical uptick.
    7. America has had 1900 mass shootings since 2012. If you eliminate all gang violence, home invasions etc. America is statically among the top safest countries in the world.
    8. We have to change our entire decaying culture.
    9. Did you notice that through the entire video pt.1 and 2 there was not one person of color in sight? Comparing Switzerland and the U.S. is literally comparing apples to oranges. They do not face the ethnic and social struggles America does because they do not compare historically not even in the slightest.
    10. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
    Therefore any short of ratifying the constitution is not constitutional. "Shall not be infringed" being the key phrase.

  40. Dumbest video ever, was nonsensical and false about many things. The people who are commenting on this video saying it is great go educate yourself. The reason why they have a low murder rate is because all of the gun deaths are from suicides, which is much higher than in other EU countries. The other reason is because of that population the majority of the people have a gun in their home, surprise surprise, when criminals think you have a gun they are less likely to try anything. But keep thinking that gun control stops crimes it has sure worked wonders for NYC (high Crime rate), Chicago (high crime rate) The UK (gun violence and knife violence on the rise after banning both), London (who's murder rate topped NYC). Cause you know criminals really care about your rights and the laws.

  41. This is bullshit. The reason Switzerland has less gun violence is because they don't sit around all day playing GTA 5 while being constantly told that they are victims of some social injustice. Do you really think filling out extra forms or taking a safety training course would have stopped the shooters in Parkland or Orlando? No, it wouldn't, which is why it should be evident that the issue is nothing to do with guns or gun laws. It is culture. Switzerland doesn't glorify violence like we do here. I love the US and everything, but I'm not going to expect good results when drill rappers from Chiraq earn more money to promote murder and death all over the internet than our entire middle class combined. C'mon people. Are we really this fucking stupid? This video was embarrassing. It is a JOKE, and shows how far off we are from solving the actual issues.

  42. Hey dumbass! If you’re going to interview this guy from Switzerland, how about you make sure that what you’re telling him about guns in the US are actually true! You absolutely CAN NOT just go to Walmart, give them money & boom, you gotta gun! This is a very ridiculous myth that you should’ve done some actual research on before making yourself look like a firearm illiterate! Buying a firearm from Walmart is no different than buying a firearm from any licensed dealer! But, I’m hoping you’re really stupid & arrogant which will force u to go to Walmart to prove me wrong(you won’t)but instead making yourself look like an even bigger fool, if possible! Why is it that those who know the very least about firearms, somehow believe they can use their non existent knowledge to win a debate on firearms? Don’t get me wrong, I encourage the firearm illiterate & delusional to keep running ur mouths about gun control as rest of us gun owners, hunters, etc can’t get enough of how hilarious it is listening to all of u & having one hell of laughing good time at your expense! I will end on a serious note. Do any of u anti gun deplorables truly believe stricter gun laws will change a damn thing? My point is simple, those stricter gun laws will accomplish nothing but demonize every law abiding gun owner! Criminals obviously don’t abide law, yet u somehow believe Criminals will follow this law? The stupidity I tell ya!

  43. Theres a lot of blatant lies in this video. The problem in america is a lot more complicated than what this video makes it out to be. I get its comedy, but it gives a false premise to the general public

  44. the analogy of this video's title speaks volumes. It tells me that the state of mental health in Switzerland is superior to that of the United States and other middle east and other small and troubled republics of the world.

  45. I've been trained by 3 guys like that douchebag and still have to listen to left wingers like this have my CWP trained in every firearm I own but it's still not enough . But when the media keeps acting like we dont have any laws , actually tell Thor you want to take his guns see how long it takes him to toss your dumbass out guns without ammo are bats .

  46. In America we have ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. Americans are infantile. Infants have bad judgement and poor impulse control. The Swiss and many other countries do not have totalitarian arrested development. They grow up.

  47. So again, lets just say it out loud for everyone to hear.. It isn't the gun that is the problem, it is the individual who uses any tool to carry out mass murder.

    Stop talking about taking guns away from people and you won't see people hoarding guns, or people who wouldn't normally buy a gun, going out and getting one, or two just because they think they won't be able to later. The Dems sell more guns than anyone. Obama sold more guns than any President we've ever had, the gun industry has been in a slump since Trump took office, every time the Dems talk about changing the laws there is a resurgence in sales.

    If Trump is reelected the gun industry will feel it in a negative way, if a Democrat is elected.. The surge in gun sales is going to be off the charts before they take office and before they can pass any new shit.

    The funny thing.. If the Dems ever do pass another Weapons ban like Clinton did.. Gun values are going to soar and it is why people will hoard them before anything passes.

    Guns will always be in the hands of criminals. No one will be safer if they take away that freedom to own guns.

  48. They probably do not have that same "killing/murdering mentality"- like they have here in the US. They might as well go back to the Wild West Era- when everyone had guns ( except slaves) & have shootouts/ gunfights & duels…

  49. Jackass. We have background checks
    My justification for ownership is I want it, but I'll be serious the second amendment says I can have it.
    Anyone taking news and points from comedy central you need to reevaluate yourself

  50. Switzerland is culturally homogeneous. Not ethnically homogeneous, culturally. There is no civil strife between groups. Everyone works toward the same goals. They have universal healthcare. Mental health is not a joke. Take notes kids.

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