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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.


  • robert b

    Who is this moron. We have more illegal immigrants into the US in a year than Switzerland has population.

    If you love it so much there, try to move there. Good luck with that.

    And that is only one of the dozens of differences between that country and ours.

    But we could talk about how the Swiss helped the Nazis both before, during, and after WW2. They are so moral!!!

  • Lane Arnold

    1. With all those guns (and a majority,military weapons) in circulation in Switzerland, they prove that guns, nor the type is the problem.

    2. How about the MSM in this country stop making celebrities out of the shooters. Many are just seeking the notoriety and the media is giving it to them.

    3. Bans don’t work. Criminals don’t care about bans and will still get firearms. The UK banned guns and London is the stabbing capital of the world.

  • nox scythe right to the face.

    Doesn't Switzerland have cities like "Detroit" and "Chicago" with that type of ratchet behavior? oh…
    that's right they don't. many factors at play here

  • Jeff Brenning

    So what's being said is "it's not the guns that are the cause of the mass shootings. it's the Culture".

    Amazing gun support statement for the Daily Show.

  • firehuntfish

    As usual, you Daily Show fucktards mock, cherry pick facts, and take data out of context to support your own narratives, but you fucked up here because you are actually making the case for those of us that already recognize gun violence is not a product of merely having guns. It's a multifaceted issue rooted to many sources including a mental health, cultural desensitization of violence, the disappearance of the nuclear family unit, and growing secular influences in our culture… They should have also mentioned that the demographics of Switzerland are about 95% Caucasian, well-educated, non-impoverished, Christian, Europeans… That places a HUGE onus to examine the "culture" aspect of the problem…Keep virtue signaling instead of addressing the real issues that might actually make a difference you fucking idiots…

  • Martin Frecks

    America is like 200 times larger than Switzerland why don’t we compare Alaska statistics to get a better reference at gun control.

  • 54markl

    The Swiss people are normal because they sent all their Psychopaths to live in America. It’s a loony disposal custom in Europe that they’ve been doing for 500 years. Why so many shootings in America? Most people here have a severe mental problem. Some Americans have a psychosis to be like everyone else.

  • 54markl

    The only good part about all these crazy people owning guns in America is that half of the gun violence is Suicide. Thanks for that part, nutjobs.

  • Dominiko Caginavanua

    Miko looks like he wants to punch the guys face every time he opens his mouth heck I wanna punch the guy every time he opens his mouth..

  • David Middlekauff

    This is filled with lies. There NO gun show you can go to and buy a gun without a background check. Now..hers the rub.. the gov is the one who they do the check with..these are the same people who said Chemical Weapons were in Irag. Trusting them is like giving pearls to a swine. And or watching this shit rag of a show again…Garbage bag full of lies and shit .

  • prozak169

    you are bit intellectually dishonest here. First off, you can't just go into WalMart and give them money and get a gun, you should read the article about the journo who set out to prove how easy it was only to go through a several day struggle just to find a location that has a authorized seller in the store and then failed the background check becasue her info wasn't up to date(didn't match ID). Second off, you are making it seem that not enough people are trained to use guns here which maybe true but its not the reason we are talking about gun control. You try to make it seem like mentally ill people over there can't get guns but they could the same way most do here, steal one from a friend or family member. Face it, Switzerland people have a much happier society and don't have a mental illness problem. That is the reason. Way less criminals and maniacs.

  • moe238297

    Bunch of bullshit this video was … all you need to do is arm everyone and there would be no more mass shootings …. mass shooters only target places where they know there's no guns to stop them… they dont shoot up the police stations, the the gun ranges , nor the gun stores … so really they're not as ill as one would assume them to be … they make conscious decisions to target people and places that are defenseless!!!!

  • Mark Boucher

    Hey dumbass. All of these laws have been in place in this country for years. And that number of mass shootings is a lie. If you look at the CHI data there have been less than 30 in the last 25 years. That is a horrific number but if you like all liberals do make the definition extremely broad adding all crimes that have more than one victim and gang violence you can conflate you data to be manipulated any way you want. It's still a lie.

  • Re Viewer

    that's misleading. At a gunshow, if you buy a gun from a gun dealer you get a backround check, fill out all the paperwork, etc. You can still buy from any person privately anywhere; gunshow, walmart parking lot city park, middle of the street, steps of congress. It's not a loophole, it's just the easiest places to buy one. The discomfort comes when you talk about registration.

  • Neo VeNoM

    I love it how the daily show is ignorant as always. 🤣
    But let's be honest here, Switzerland does not have a health problem.

    USA, pretty much has the biggest health problem by far on this planet especially when it come to mental health.
    That and the FBI likes to use background checks as a tool for selecting it's next potential mass shooter.

  • Mike W

    Uh, Yeah, Let's have a police exchange with Switzerland. I would like to see how a Swiss cop works out in Chicago or South LA. I can hear them now; where are the Cuckoo clocks, milk chocolate and white people.

  • Slim Morden

    26 of 27 mass shooters were raised by single mothers. To counter rising radicalism for the same source one nation decreed in all divorces the children go to the father.

  • Peter Greci

    If you want to know why there are no mass shootings in Switzerland, forget about gun laws and start looking at population and demographics, wake up America.

  • Aiden Miller

    Okay I love the gun culture and Switzerland, but they’re media also isn’t a huge joke; the reporter in this video said so many lies that it’s mind boggling, gotta love liberal media, claiming its extremely easy to buy a gun form a gun show without a background check

  • Austin Martín Hernández

    Justification for ownership? Okay. FUCK. YOU. I honestly have nothing else to say here… My justification is the 2nd amendment you fucking idiot. It's none of your damn business.

  • Austin Martín Hernández

    The problem with gun control in the US is that politicians aren't doing shit to make us safer. Their only goal is to ban all guns entirely, little by little. They've created an anti gun culture by lying and scaring people. The politicians that write gun laws are EXTREMELY ignorant of guns. Some examples are banning guns purely because of their cosmetic features. For example, regular Ar-15s are illegal in California. Screw on a small piece of plastic over the grip and its legal again. Other laws intentionally make it harder to practice the 2nd amendment, designed to deter people from it. Absolutely nothing to do with safety. Like making people pay up to $300 for a carry permit. What the fuck does that have to do with safety? Nothing.

  • Jerrydgeek Burnett

    Oh, and by the way? Responsible American shooters have some basic rules:
    (1( never point your gun at something you're not willing to shot
    (2) keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to shoot'
    (3) ALWAYS assume that your gun is loaded and ready to shoot.

    Those three basic rules are the basics which prevent "accidental" gun shootiings in America … and elsewhere.

    Personally I resent any suggestions which suggest that American shooters are any less safe than those at any other nation.

  • Roger Mccraney

    There is hardly parents anymore them and their kids are best friends , the kids don't get their ass tore out of the frame for disrespect and prayer is not allowed in school and parents don't make their kids go to church no more but hell even the parents don't go to church either we are a society that is falling all to fucking hell.

  • LouisianaJesse

    I’ve never understood why someone trying to convince people something starts out by telling them how stupid they are. Yeah, I’m totally ready to hear what you have to say. That is, if my stupid little American brain can comprehend it.

  • jcllings

    I don't hate guns. I hate the media for lying about them 24/7 and anyway the truth is now out about how journalistically credible they really are, i.e. not in the least.

  • Morris Kiukakea

    This is a liar.
    1. Every gun buys in the USA have a back ground check.
    2. Gun shooting in the USA was low in the 60, 70s, 80's and 90's. Suddenly it increase in the 2000.
    3. Was this results of gun access or something else?

  • Joshua Little

    There is a whole lot of complete bullshit in this video but I will just talk about 1. We dont have anywhere near that many mass shootings that a boldface lie. Just like the factoid the left has been pushing that we have had 250 so far this year, yeh they are throwing in allot of fluff to pump up that number to sell.a lie. A mass shooting by the metric the FBI uses is a shooting where 4 or more people are shot and killed that is not part ofvsome other normal street crime or domestic violence and the goal was simply to kill as many as possible. In otherwords a Columbine or Sandy hook like event. If you look.at this list of 250 supposed mass shootings what you will find is that in 96 of them NO ONE WAS KILLED at all. in 68 of them only 1 person was killed and in another 28 only 2 people were killed . I havent even gotten to 3 of the FBIs metric of 4 or more killed and we have allready eliminated 192 of the supposed mass shootings as not at all mass shootings but it does not stop there. What you find if you start looking at the incident descriptions is allmost all of these incidents are regular everyday street crime about 6of them are gang related drive bys and gang shootings in Chicago and about another 40 in Baltimore. The actual number of Columbine / Sandy hook type mass shootings is about 17. So you really have to question the motive for people trying to dishonestly make 17 look like 250

  • William Bryan

    This video is a fraud. You can't buy a gun at a gun show in the U.S. without a background check. Difference is the Swiss don't have race baiting politicians putting everyone in little boxes in society and preaching hate on a regular basis.

  • benzboston

    even at gunshows you have to have a background check.so sick of the left saying you can buy a gun at walmart with no background check.its not the case.dems do a big disservice when they say that

  • Jason Juarez

    You know we have over 25k gun laws right? and we also have gang violence thats where all our “mass shootings” come from. Plus they dont have a constitution. We do. Point being, Their police force can use action to disarm their citizens, where as the US, a criminal with a gun open carrying, can Be left alone in open carry states due to the fact its unconstitutional for Cops to arrest or disarm someone without reason. criminals don’t obey laws, and Citizens pay for it.

  • Colorado Old Man

    0:55 – the cigar did it. But – in most states you can buy a gun without a background check? This is wrong. Desperately, hilariously wrong. OOPS – now I see, its the Clown News Network…

  • Little Shepherd Farm

    1900 US mass shootings and yet you never hear anything about the little ones, only the big ones get attention and when they DO give them attention they drive their idiotic narrative into the ground to instill fear into the hearts of the people. THAT is why folks in the USA have an obsession with fore arms.

  • Christian V

    " there should be common sense gun laws" just means that Americans don't deserve 2nd Amendment rights. ALL GUN LAWS ARE AN INFRIDGEMT

  • Christian V

    This is super retarded propaganda aimed at Americans who are indecisive on the issue of giving 🐷cops more power to enforce more gun control.

  • Noah Sorensen

    You liberals are retarded, you cant just go to walmart and buy a gun, a 13 year old cant go and buy a gun, that video was debunked, 98% of gun crimes happen in gun free zones, less than 1% of gun crimes are mass shootings too, in the past couple weeks or months there was as many homicides in chicago as there has been deaths in the US as there have been mass shooting deaths in the whole 21st century, we dont have a gun problem, we have a gang problem in the inner city


    The "Facts" noting in this video is BS to begin with. I love when they start a story is false information. You ain't going to walmart and paying to get a gun or buying one at 13 in most states without background checks. It's a liberal lie although there is nothing wrong with it. It is our 2nd Amendment Right, you like it so much in Switzerland, nobody is keeping you in the USA. Funny a lot of foreigners come here to complain about our laws, constitution and rights. We have a lot larger population here and a lot of illegal guns trafficked by criminals and gulp illegal aliens across the border, gang members, etc. but those are inconvenient facts Libtards rather not address.

    A better question is why do liberals want to let violent felons out of prison early, refuse to address the mental health issue or for that matter illegal immigration and securing our borders? Hell president Obama was arming the cartels with illegal full auto weapons some of which we can verify killed law enforcement here in the USA!!! Yes Obama had many scandals and Operation Fast and Furious

  • John Wayne

    Actually when you break it down by race excluding blacks and latinos we're on par with all other European countries. And that whole "I walk into Wal-Mart give them money amd boom I have a gun" is a straight up lie.

  • lasha usupashvili

    I can't understand how law which dictates to keep gun sperated from ammunition will deter mass shooter. Reason why there is no mass shootings in Switzerland is that the culture and people are different, not because they have different laws.

  • Patrick Jefferson

    Fallacy #1 You cannot just go in a Wal-Mart pay cash and walk oht with a gun. You have ro have an ID. You have to have lots of cash. You also have to fill out a background check called a 4473 and they will phone the ATF and get clearance most of the time. It usually takws 15 to 30 minutes. The Sutherland Springs shooter passed his background because the USAF failed to report his domestic assault. Hence why we need to fix NICS.
    Fallacy #2 You can't juat walk into a gun shiw and walkout with any gun. If it's an extremely old gun from somebody's personal collection or just something somebody doesn't want or need anymore then yes you can. But those are rarely something that would be used in a mass shooting… Private sellers dont need to do a background check on you. However if they make a habit of buying and reselling guns frequently and for profit, they are in violation of the law and are an unlicensed dealer. Licensed dealers will always present you with a background check and cannot sell handguns to nonresidents of the state they live in.
    Fallacy #3 No their have nit been that many mass shootings. It depends on the definition being used. Some definitions say more rhan one person involved, more than two, three… The numbers being used here are including everything from drivebys in Chicago to a gunman shooting at one person in a scarcely but still populated bar in Atlanta Georgia… But when average Joe sees those numbers he is thinking mall, church, or school shootings… The fact is if you remove the gang shootings in Chicago, LA, NYC, and DC, our gun violence rate per capita drops below most of Europe's… Those cities I mentioned are also the places with the most stringent gun control… It's the place people. Shooters target places that are left defenseless…

  • Johnathan Trejo

    People act like criminals are gonna take the time to read a new law and not break it. A criminal, by definition, breaks the law. They won’t even care what the democrats put out because they’re not going to follow it anyways.

  • Christian Grimes

    “1900 mass shootings since 2012”? Look at the actual list of mass shootings and you’ll realize this is a straight up lie.

  • Mrfiveducks

    in switzerland there are fewer crazy and more well educated people and most of them have respect for each other. there are exceptions and therefore it is important that such people do not come into possession of weapons.

  • Joel Watson

    The population of Switzerland is much lower than the United States. Switzerland is also a homogeneous society unlike the U.S. Shooting someone else in Switzerland would be like shooting a family member.

  • Cameron Lietch

    Population of Switzerland 8.6 million. Population of United States 329 million…….. I’ll just leave this here. Do with it what you want.

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