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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.

100 thoughts on “Switzerland: So Many Guns, No Mass Shootings | The Daily Show

  1. it would be interesting to see what would happen if the all NRA did a migrant caravan to Switzerland and took their guns with them . Like they were fleeing the USA for a gun haven.

  2. Mila not talking bad about Switzerland was trying to stat the facts you keep your weapon from the miltary you must lock up your weapon and ammo in to separate places if anything is reported they come and conificate your weapons by force. Here you need background checks to buy a weapon permit to with the police department to buy a pistol and a course if and extra money for special permit to conceal carry most gun violence in the state are in 4 cities Baltimore Washington DC Detroit and Chicago all have the strictest of gun laws there over 20,000 gun laws on books for gun in the USA and there’s not a mass shooting everyday they from put all gun death in 1 category for political agendas and last how they do the poll 1 death per every 1000 USA has a .001 out 393mil people 256 were death by mass shootings the rest were suicide gang on gang violence accidentally discharge and crime violence with all the gun laws in Switzerland you have a .002 out of a population of 8.6 mil that is roughly 4.3k people die by firearms each year that is 1 per every 1000 of people now if Switzerland had same amount of people as the USA by the 1 per 1000 polls Switzerland would be already at double deaths of the USA then weigh in the affected of countries size economic which would be bad for that size of population death might go as far as 5 times that of the USA or more this are there numbers there polls

  3. You're wrong. Last time Switzerland was invaded wasn't in 1798. It was in 2015, when hordes of ISIL immigrants entered even this beatuful country. And did lots of crime. Which leftist media is hiding, because they want to show immigrants as poor beautiful souls. And not like blood-thirsty ISIL immigrants that escaped from Syria (because Assad kicked their ass) and now just want to pillage and rape, to feel better. Which the poor Germans, Swiss and Swedes experienced from the first hand. Unfortunately, with all the weapons, Switzerland didn't stop this silent invasion that is happening as we speak.

  4. Does anyone know where/ which states do NOT require background checks to buy a firearm. I’m sure they’re out there I just haven’t found any.

  5. Woah, that’s incorrect. Background checks happen everywhere, even the supposed “freedom gun fairs”. To sell someone a gun without a background check is a felony and can get you sent away for quite some time. But apart from that, this videos pretty spot on. America just needs more safety courses included with the purchase of a gun. Heck, make them pay for it and earn the government some more money.

  6. Agreed lets start adopting some of Switzerland's policies, should probably start with 2 years mandatory military service…. strange that you didn't mention it at the end of the video just kinda glossed over it.

  7. Switzerland respects guns? Haha no they dont. Switzerland doesnt give a shit about guns. They dont think guns are for FREEDOM, they dont think guns are given by god, that they are last line of defense against police… They dont share americas ridiculous, child-like gun mythology. And because there is no MASS POVERTY in Switzerland, there is also no mass crime and no need to "protect" yourself with guns. There are many things americans dont understand.

  8. Pretty garbage video with clear anti gun sentiment. Missing a very extremely important detail… even if guns laws there were more lax then laws in Texas there still would be no violence because the people there are civilized with superior culture that does not promote violence. USA has a huge crime rate compared to any developed countries

  9. Funny thing is Switzerland allows for full auto machine guns the us dos not so yes we should copy Switzerland in that regard

  10. Ok how about a reality check. Switzerland has a population of 8.5 million people. The U.S. has 17 million citizens that have concealed pistol permits. That number is just ccw license holders and not the number of legal gun owners which is a much much larger number. From 1982 to 2019 there were 115 mass shootings in the US. So the fact is that the numbers overwhelmingly show that legal gun owners in the US are safe and law abiding. This gun toting safety off cowboy stereotype of American gun owners is complete bullshit and just a product of a narrative fed by Hollywood and a clear media bias.
    Has anyone ever noticed how you hardly ever see stories on the news about legally armed citizens stopping a crime? The media will have you believe that this rarely ever happens if ever. Yet the fact is last year alone there were 1.5 millions cases of armed citizens using their firearms in situations from self defense to protection of property and everything in between and the majority of them were without a shot being fired and even less loss of life.

  11. Switzerland has less gun control than most American states but most people assume we have none. You need a Background check when you buy from a gun store in any state of the United states. This is full of lies

  12. Switzerland doesn't have a gun problem because there isn't the ethnic diversity there is in the US , not to mention they don't have white supremacists groups that are responsible for the majority of the bigger mass shootings.

  13. How the fuck is it possible? who's going to shoot somebody that knows the other person's armed very few people. Also works pretty good in Arizona and places like Texas. They haven't been invaded since 1798 because they all have guns fucking rocket scientist you're such a fucken schmuck. I can tell your agenda right now you liberal Democrat pedophile. Why on Earth would you want to take all guns away from California a freaking a coastal state California is the first people who are going to get hit if somebody attacks us from the water like Pearl Harbor and such. It can happen and has happened don't be stupid California protect your shit. Vote against Democrats!!!!

  14. The real reason that it seems the interviewer is purposely and completely unfunnily dancing around- they dont have masses of people that want nothing more than to mercilessly slaughter random handfuls of their countrymen in public places because they have a community and an actual culture

  15. Yeah just keep ammo separate, that way in a life or death situation you can just throw your gun at the perp.
    So fucking stupid.

  16. People realize there's an illegal gun market right I can go in any major city by a ghost gun for $400 kill 20 people and get away with it,people do know that thats a thing that happens?its even easier than going to a gun store

  17. We should have stricter laws about food everybody should have to eat nutrient paste cause over 600000 people in the US die every year to obesity

  18. When it comes to the gun culture in the US, you have two different things: 1. people in certain states, areas that love their guns a bit too much, at the same time they are not educated enough to understand that there won't be an invasion of their country, the weapons are a tool not a extension to their bodies; 2. Politicians who are bought and paid for by the gun lobbies.

  19. The same laws to get a gun applies in South Africa.. you need to get police clearance and mental health checks.

  20. I dont like the way they are portraying the way Americans treat guns. They are trying to make it seem like all Americans are dumb immature yahoos that just like to make things go boom. Any American that thinks that is funny should be offended because they are making fun you u too. Yet most of you are to blind to see it.

  21. By the logic of this video I'd we want to stop mass shootings we need to make the entire country do a term of military service.

  22. People forget that the main reason why Switzerland has so many guns is because every man has to do compulsory military service and then takes his rifle home so that he has one if Switzerland is invaded and he joins the militia. But he can’t just get ammunition, and has to pass a gun safety / shooting test every few years to keep it.

  23. People in America who want a gun, should first learn to respect what it can do and the pain and devastation it can cause. Like a mandatory video of a load of victims from mass shootings or something similar.

    Also, I didn't know all this about the Swiss but gotta say that they for one know how to use and respect them. Probably learned to in the Army etc. America can defenitely learn a Lot from the Swiss.

  24. You make it sound like its the gun fault not the individual. And you are very condescending and disrespectful.

  25. a formula for mass shootings , mass shooting MS= racism R * guns G culture country C *fear F * hatred H political willpower P^-2. So let's see which country has fits well into this.

  26. Naive comment on why Switzerland now has defense… Germany held a gun to their head, surrender and become a safe haven for assets or be blown to bits. That, my friend, is an invasion via proxy. The Swiss armed up after that war. An armed public is why the Japanese emperor decided against invading America. His quote, "we would be fools to invade America, they have a gun owner behind every blade of grass." Having said that, I do like the idea of tying NICS background checks to HIPAA files with a 5 moratorium on anyone prescribed mind altering drugs like Adderall. That would of stopped nearly all the real mass shootings from young whites guys. Finally, stop the attack on young white men. You are forcing their hand.

  27. I think Switzerland probably has less sociopaths or just less people with psychological disorders in general. It has to be in the shit we eat an the air we breathe. This country is poison.

  28. swiss here. Keep in mind that nobody has ammunition at home. that's highly illegal. if you do your military service you do get a weapon, you can even keep it. but if you take a bullet with you, you're fucked.

    that's the most important thing, don't allow ammunition to people who own a gun. if you want to shoot your un you can go to a shoting stand, where there is ammo.

  29. The Doctor: "You think you can just shoot me?

    River: "THEY'RE AMERICAN'S!"

    Now think long and hard about how why this is funny/sad has changed drastically since it aired </3

  30. So basically what Politicians say about gun control is BS. What some Americans claimed about gun control taking away guns is BS. So you can have gun laws ,gun control , and paper trails to make sure your responsible enough to have a gun. Congratulations Switzerland , your officially smarter than most Americans

  31. idk if the comedian told the expert he was gonna be saying some distasteful jokes but i really do hope so bc sometimes it looks like the expert is in on it and other times it seems he believes all americans are that stupid and i don't blame him. idk how he kept calm but i would've lectured the hell out of the comedian and called him a certified moron.


  33. This video is misleading..Switzerland has HALF the number of guns per capita as the US, and that rate is actually falling every year

  34. You can’t just give them money than bam you get a gun I’ve seen my father purchase multiple firearms from gun stores to gun shows and the amount of paper work is enough to make you go insane.

  35. It reminds me of back when they used to train everyone to use a gun and respect it and kids could bring guns to school for hunting afterwards, I think we need to educate people on how to handle guns and respect them instead of taking them away

  36. The process in Switzerland sound very similar and maybe actually speedier than getting your permit in NewYork State.

  37. Ahhahaha. Uruguay is very similar to Switzerland in its gun laws, its involvement in wars in the region, its involvement in wars, the nice people, hell Uruguay just has better food

  38. You mean the country where trained army personel takes their guns back home after training, instead of lowlife scum buying them on the flee market.

  39. The Swiss serve a cumpulsory stint in the military. Initial 2 year full time then in the reserves till they are 45. Also, the Swiss have not fought a war in 250 years. Americans would never want cumpulsory military service. America ranks about number 28 on the list of the most deadly countries in the world. Almost 2/3rds of our gun deaths are suicides. Of the 1/3rd…includes all other gun deaths. Accidents, negligence, killed by police, killed by armed citizens protecting themselves. And most of these deaths are gang or drug related. Just look at any given weekend in Chicago. All in all…the US has an overall small gun problem. Mass shootings are an anomaly…what is the common factor? The majority are in posted gun free zones. Ban or regulate guns? No thank you! I think I will keep all of mine.

  40. Weird how everything this dude said is what Ive been taught by my father… Oh wait… Yup… Now we're on the sheep generation.

  41. Number one best rule … the thing that will really help America solve it’s gun problem … the rule that is the foundation of a comprehensive, sustainable, and permanent solution? Call your mom … 😍

  42. EUROPEN MEN have had their ballzz cut off! ever live there they wear fcnn maxi pads! its a fcnn tiny country u stupid fckkk ruled by 8th CENTURY ELITES who own everything and oppress all free speech. Movies,games,media is all CENSORED and comedians get arrested for mocking politicians! YOU FCKKNG MORON VILLAGERS dont know jackshht about how much Europe sucks!

  43. Switzerland isn't intergrated…if they're were russians, blacks, and Hispanic living there then we'd really see how that country's value holds up

  44. I love how people compare Switzerland to the United States.. doesn't work!!
    Does Switzerland have 360 million guns. Fake news

  45. Yeahh yeah … they don't have the same guns as the US. You telling me you can get a BAZOOKA in Switzerland and a AK45 ? BULLSHIT.

  46. Interesting how this highlights the Idiocracy of far left winged radicals. All this proves is that uneducated ignorant individuals have no business owning a firearm.

  47. Last time they were invaded was the 1700s because they made a pretty good point if being too damn terrifying to invade afterwards. Mountains, bunkers, heavily trained and armed, etc. This is like an antivaccer saying "we don't have measles anymore so why vaccinate"

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