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.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. My understanding from residents is that ammo is inaccessible and held by the military. You only bring home your basic gear long with your gun.

  2. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people

    If more people have guns in the US there will be less shooting

  3. It's about the cultural mindset of society, and most particularly about sex. In a country where the same 20% of the men are fucking 90% of the women, and where literally every movie, tv show, and conversation in existence seems to have a sex or relationship joke in it ever 15 to 20 seconds, and where 99% of people are too braindead and completely oblivious to have even the slightest empathetic thoughts, it's a miracle the problem has only been as bad as it has

  4. The four basic rules are so common sense. Those were the rules my dad and my drill sergant (US Army) drilled into me. I have a .22. The bolt is removed when not in use and packed away and I still treat it as if it is loaded. I think we forgot what gun safety was about here in the US. My dad and both my Grandfathers knew it. They had a respect for fire arms

  5. dumb cvntz without the GOP u will be kissing the azzes of the worlds richest elites who want this nation under their rule, but ur too fcnn LAME to get the big picture…

  6. Not true. I live in Switzerland. Many cases of mass shootings in Switzerland across the past decade, also considering the ratios of having 8.4 Million people in Switzerland vs 325 Million people in the United States. Common causes: shooters with mental issues still having access to guns despite a history of red flags. Sounds familiar? Hm.

  7. haha The most recent FBI crime stats show that more people were killed in 2017 with hammers and clubs than were killed with rifles of any kind.

  8. There is alot more to this conversation. Dont be so simple minded.dont fall for the globalist .there is a reason they are trying to silence us. Dont be a npc

  9. It has all to do whit the American gun culture . For instance here in Portugal there's lot's of guns ( and plenty of them ilegal ) , and yet we had only around 90 murders ( both gun related and not ) in a country of 11 million people .

  10. Actually the law in Switzerland is pretty similar to the us I bought an ar15 and a lot of amo by just filling some paperwork ( the background check won’t solve everything like for the Vegas shooter etc )

  11. It's not just guns, we over sensationalize everything and create an insane amount of societal angst. 

    The US needs to take a chill pill as well as enact gun control.

  12. “Common sense gun laws”? The US has gun laws out the gazoo! The problem is criminals, who don’t abide by them and mental health.

  13. Every time I purchase a firearm, here in the US, the State police I purchase the said firearm in, does a background check. So, WTF are you talking about? More liberal lies!

  14. Thank goodness for the 2A!😁 Got a rifle and a pistol. Picking up my semiauto shotgun tomorrow that I pre ordered😍 God Bless🙂

  15. Ehm, Switzerland is on the 19th place in terms of guns per 100 citizens well behind US or Serbia or other european countries and guess what they do have the highest homicide rate in Europe. It is shocking that even Trevor is spreading lies 🙁 .

  16. That’s a lie. If you acquire a gun legally, you have TONS of hoops to jump through. I had to wait 10 days for my pistol after a background check, and giving that gun store over $500.00 criminals don’t care about gun laws and neither do psychopaths. Also weird that 90% of what was stated that America doesn’t do, we do exactly that. IF YOU ABIDE BY THE FUCKING LAW!

  17. In the United States you have to apply for a permit to purchase through the police station then wait two weeks so they can do all your backgrounds then you have to have a carrying concealed to carry a handgun in any gun rifle check on that you buy Hass to go through a background check. So I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about

  18. The real.problem we have in the U.S.A. is that we have a lawless culture. Think of how many people use drugs, cheat on taxes, steal, and anything else. We have empowered individuals with freedoms that deny any type of responsibility. This has created a culture of narcisess.

  19. This is insulting to the millions of gun owners in the US that do respect and practice the safety and responsibility of gun ownership.
    Also no mention of the 70% increase in gun violence since 2013. What is up with you guys?
    I would’ve kicked you out of the range for being such an asshat.

  20. Hey, those 4 rules are the basis for EVERY firearm safety course. I learned them in a UNITED STATES firearm safety course in California at 16. Treat every weapons as if it where loaded, never point a weapon at anything you don’t intend to shoot, keep your finger straight and off the trigger, and keep weapon safety on until you’re ready to shoot. TREAT, NEVER, KEEP, KEEP. If you’re taught early how to be mature and handle a mature tool, you won’t use them for violence. People are the problem, not the guns.

  21. Crazy I want the right to hold a gun, yet my ethics says don't use it. It is to put fear into government against hierarchy

  22. It's crazy though, I remember grandma having a double barrel behind the front door all her life. We knew not to touch it and how many children rested there. I never seen her use it but I have heard stories. Nor did any child touch it. She was a Christian so she hada gun like Peter had a sword. Peter was never told to get rid of the sword but yet not to us it . They don't know which of us will won't or this keeps evil in check.

  23. Guns clearly aren’t the cause. Places with no guns don’t have any other kinds of mass killings either. If all of our guns just vanished we would have bombing stabbings and car violence

  24. “You learn from a mistake and you made an improvement in the law. This is so Europe“ HAHAHAH TRUEE BITCHH

  25. That mandatory service for all males is a great discipline. Every man in his country respects the rifle. America is a different story.

  26. Americans are very aggressive and hateful people. Americans are so miserable and they think money and materials can buy them happiness. People in Europe are very happy and they don't care about materials like Americans.

  27. I have called out gun nuts who bring up Switzerland and told them, 'fine, let's have the Swiss gun laws then.' Suddenly they become a lot less eager to talk about guns in Switzerland.

  28. Yes the USA can improve gun laws, but seriously people stop comparing other countries to ours and thinking if we do what they do it will work here.
    Switzerland has a population of around 8 million. New York City has more people than Switzerland. The more people the more crime including mass shootings. I agree things can change for the USA and we I knew things will get better, but this isn’t solving anything. Make laws and rights to fit our country not join others who are completely different when it comes to there people and government.

  29. most are white and have lots of $ and food and this country is tiny. size of south carolina . never compare. cheaper to live only 20% of what you make goes to cost of living. happy people = happy living

  30. I heard Switzerland is the unofficial globalist headquarters. If that's true then we now they do know how to keep a country safe with guns but don't want the rest of the world to so citizens are left vulnerable to to petty and high level criminals.

  31. Dont change anything just every 18 yr old should have some kind of training to get diciplined about safety and they will respect the weapon more , theyll learn its not a toy …

  32. Most of the things spewing from your mouth are nonsense. It always amazes me how the people that report things like this don't take the time to find out what the real laws in the United States are. There is background checks for every purchase. The problem with gun violence in this country is not from guns but from lack of family discipline and moral beliefs. it is easier to blame a gun than to realize that we need to change our way of thinking back to God and Country. Guns in this country are not new the mass shootings are so what's the difference what has changed it's not the guns it's the people.

  33. Eight and half million educated, civilised people, earning a fair wage in one job, free schooling, and proper health care in a largely homogenous society is no camparison to the world's biggest pigsty.

  34. People life do matter and the government should step up and fix this problem . So many killing we have in America .SO MANY LIFE ARE DESTROY EACH DAY BY GUN VIOLENCE DRUGS , MASS SHOOTING AND NOT THING IS BEING DONE ABOUT IT .America is leading the world by its greatness and power but not by good example ….it lacks in this area much improvement is needed.If you are so big on human rights issues around the world WELL . Why are you not helping to stop THE SHOOTING of so many innocent people in our own country every day and this problem is getting worst each day … ….fix your own back yard first before you look onto others hypocrites..The only human right you support in this country is the LGBT COMMUNITY….FROM WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR ELECTION VOTES

  35. Funny how the left continues to tout the outright lie that "you can buy a gun without any background check in the US." I've gone through a background check for every single gun I've bought. Guess the rules only apply to me. Oh and those basic gun safety tenets the Swiss instructor is trying to go through as Comedy Central glosses over it for comedic effect are the exact same tenets that the NRA's concealed carry course teaches.

  36. there ar too many colors in America. Switzerland is mostly white. White Americans hold mass shootings because they wish America was more like Switzerland.

  37. No shootings in Switzerland because Swiss White people have no one to shoot at. They killed their diversity in 2001.

  38. Gun violence, like any violence, is rooted in poverty and the whole "I dont have what they have so I'm mad" mentality, Switzerland is fairly affluent with less disparity between wealth classes. Our violence and crime is mostly due to poverty stricken areas of minorities and whites alike. As far as mass shootings go, this is a consequence of poor self esteem in a world where you a surrounded by peoples success and think your own can never be reached, and this eats away at the already feeble mind of the mentally iill.

  39. >tfw Iceland and Switzerland have high gun ownership rates
    >homogenous population
    >no gun crime
    >USA has high gun ownership rate
    >population is full of mutts and most diverse in the world
    >gun crime is prevalent

  40. Oh yes, learn from the one country where the majority of the population is white, how original.
    Do you want to know what happens when a country with guns does not have a homogeneous population? Oh right that’s the US

  41. Every country should have the same gun laws and culture as Switzerland, including countries that have banned guns.

  42. You can not walk into Walmart into and just buy I gun. You still have to go through the 3 day background check and waiting period. Also you cannot got to a gun show and buy a gun, you have to still go through the 3 day waiting period to get it. Plus I would love to know where they get their info from.

  43. See 2Aers? It is absolutely possible to have sensible, sane regulations that safeguard the public vs loonies, without your paranoiac fantasy mass-disarmament occurring. The Swiss are MORE likely to be armed, but don't fvck everything up the way you nuts do.

  44. American gun laws were made, when the people had guns that couldn't shoot 5 foot straight. Do history research, even western guns weren't reliable in hitting the target at all.

  45. Chicago has the Strictest gun laws in America, and the highest killing in America. Because the only ones that have guns are the gangs, killers, and bad guys, as they Slaughter the Innocent. To believe that evil people will not do evil is insanity, but to believe that the police will protect you is just as insane.

  46. You k ow why they are so much more civilized? They have a higher density of native Europeans rather than immigrants (esoecially from the Middle East). Im from the Middle East by the way.

  47. I bet crime is low too, Who the hell would try to rob someone knowing they're more than likely armed and the witness's are armed too lol.

  48. Is not about law and regulation there. Is all about culture if 2 dudes get into a fight in switzerland even if they both have guns they will never draw them and start shooting each other ,they try to resolve in conversation and if that doesn't work they go into a fist fight and that's it they go home.

  49. Because we don't hate people!!! But we have the highest suicide rate in Europe, so I guess we hate ourselves..

  50. Paranoia seems to be what drives a lot of America's addiction to guns. Americans always seem worried something bad is going to happen – be it a break in, or a military invasion. Here in Switzerland we don't worry about that stuff. Everyone is pretty relaxed.

  51. This is not the theme for jokes.
    In Switzerland those guns are military guns the members of military store at home in a safe way.
    It is only allowed to use them for military purpose.

    The US guns are in privat hands used for nonsense & crime.

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