What Causes Mass Shootings? | The Daily Show

  • Published: 06 August 2019
  • Trevor takes a closer look at the roles that anti-immigrant rhetoric, violent video games, internet hate groups and mental illness play in the U.S.’s gun violence epidemic – and, of course, the guns themselves.

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  • J B
    J B  12 hours back

    The Dayton shooter was an ardent leftist. Of course mass shooters don't have diagnosed mental illnesses or else they'd be in therapy, not killing people; more seriously, they are less likely to have coping strategies or to be actively working through the problems.

    This is all pinned by the fact that black people commit the most mass shootings in america daily, but since they're in gangs and we've come to expect it, nobody cares. The el paso shooter told potential shooters to target gun free zones because they are soft targets; you will not be able to legislate away evil, so you need to make sure you are a hard target by arming yourself.

    And what's the point of that last statement Mr. Noah? I assume it is to encourage gun control, but which ones would have stopped any of the shootings in recent years? Do guns go off by themselves? Will criminals and mass shooters obtain their guns legally? We should be trying to decrease violence, not specifically violence with certain weapons, especially since infringing on peoples' rights doesn't actually decrease overall violence.

    • teniola vidia
      teniola vidia  16 hours back

      I cringe every time Trevor tries Nigerian accent... we don't talk like that Trevor.. let me teach you one you can easily get! lol

    • Noah W
      Noah W  20 hours back

      It's the news talking about it

      • Sebastian Gamer
        Sebastian Gamer  22 hours back

        I’ve played violent video games since I got my first Xbox one gaming console, but I would never get up one day and decide to pick up a gun and murder innocent people

        • z1522
          z1522  1 days back

          What causes insanity? What "causes" any irrational behavior? The trick is to avoid such impossible questions, and ask "What best thwarts acts of violence?" For one thing, enabling and expediting the ease by which insane and hate-filled persons can obtain lethal weapons obviously is NOT working, ergo, perhaps we should try the opposite?

          • Phi S.
            Phi S.  1 days back

            Trevor Noah seems to think that not having a medically recorded history of mental illness is the same as not having mental illness at all. he may as well be justifying his politicization of tragedy.

            • Josky
              Josky  1 days back

              maybe , because it"s a military warmonger nation... if you see a problem ..you invade and shoot it.

              • Alex Causey
                Alex Causey  1 days back

                Everyone is going about solving the problem the wrong way. I can tell you what is happening with these mass shootings but will you believe it? Do you remember Guyana and Jim Jones who brainwashed his followers to drink the Kool Aid laced with poison. 909 people, a third of them children were killed in this massacre and Jim Jones said he did it al in the name of the Communist party. Do you Remember when 38 people died in the Heaven's Gate mass killing. All these people were brainwashed to kill themselves. If you look up Brainwashed to kill here on YouTube you will find a video explaining how clinical hypnosis can be used to program anyone to go out and kill others. Brainwashing does exist and has been used by intelligence agencies for years. With illicit drugs or Pharmaceuticals they can be more susceptible hypnosis and can be put under to murder people. So what they are doing is abducting programming people who have been diagnosed with mental issues and using their mental condition as a cover to blame mental illness as to what is causing the problem in the mass killings so they can say we have to get rid of the semi automatic rifles thus making America a soft target for foreign intervention. There are many videos of Holocaust survivors warning do not give up your guns. History continues to repeat itself..!

                • Sir Wattson
                  Sir Wattson  1 days back

                  Idk why they happen but it doesnt help they liberals are trying to take guns away which btw will not work since guns are apart of the second amendment.

                  • BigMouthPrick 33
                    BigMouthPrick 33  2 days back

                    The world needs the 60's generation Americans,MAKE LOVE NOT WAR!!!!

                    • bonkanater
                      bonkanater  2 days back

                      Fuck this liberal POS! Comedy Central has lost it's mind! Why don't you report the mass killings in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore and every other city that it happens every single day! Why... We know, it's not good FOR the news! TRUMP 2020! Fuck all you LIBTARDS!

                      • MercyShines
                        MercyShines  2 days back

                        Oh, I think that Trevor Noah brings up very good points and points out our own stupidity from both sides of the political spectrum. He doesn't talk about the other mass shootings I imagine because it wasn't as big as El Paso or Dayton and the city news or state news cover it. Comedy Central at heart is a comedy show that talks about current events and makes people laugh at it. Don't you think the Right/Republicans would want to have their own Trevor Noah so they can make the left look dumb? The guy can make upset people like me giggle.

                    • Icedwarf M
                      Icedwarf M  2 days back

                      Well I'll throw my opinion at the wall and say that clearly the internet is not to blame, people will always find a way to communicate with others. And the one sentence that I tell my father who still solidly thinks I'll be a serial killer in a few years is that, there is a massive mental difference between shooting some people in a videogame knowing that the only pain is some butthurt and anger, and shooting a animal or human; erasing them existence and in my atheist opinion completely stopping them from doing anything ever again. Videogames don't make reality and fantasy bleed into each other except in the most insane people.

                      • Tyler Durden
                        Tyler Durden  2 days back

                        Mentally deranged people

                        • B. John Beaumont
                          B. John Beaumont  2 days back

                          This is such BS, no one would have dared to blame Obama for all the mass shootings during his 8 years as president. Take away guns & people will still kill each other. How do we change humans to have a burning desire to honor & respect others. Once we find that, murder will go down.

                          • Andrew Rogers
                            Andrew Rogers  2 days back

                            It is time that we have a memorial built to remember all the victims of domestic terrorism and mass shootings, least we move all of our fallen too quickly to memory. The impact of such a memorial might move us as a country to reasonable action.

                            • jacqueline KLEIN
                              jacqueline KLEIN  2 days back

                              a country full of monsters its not human

                              • Re dacted
                                Re dacted  2 days back

                                Alright, time to ban games in America, apparently.

                                • Dalton
                                  Dalton  2 days back

                                  Everyone ignores that all these shooters are on anti depressants and other prescription drugs. Also many kids now are bullied and taught that fighting back makes them just as bad. All that bottled up rage is dangerous. We had semi automatic weapons in the past why are these shootings starting to pop up all the sudden in the past few decades? Guns aren’t the issue it’s mental health and drugs

                                  • tomb613
                                    tomb613  2 days back

                                    Switzerland has lots of guns and violent video games yet no mass shootings. Many countries have legal guns, internet, and violent video games yet no mass sghootings. What we have that these other countries don't is a white nationalist president and FOX news propaganda radicalizing an obsolete working class........

                                    • Nicholas Civi
                                      Nicholas Civi  2 days back

                                      The video of the rally was out of context so nice try

                                      • Manav Gajera
                                        Manav Gajera  2 days back

                                        But, Why in the world would you have laws that "legally" sells guns to citizen. Just Why??

                                        • GloomGaiGar
                                          GloomGaiGar  2 days back

                                          It's tied to their history. Back in the day it made sense to be able to buy a gun and protect yourself or your country. Improvement in law enforcement and military should have made said laws obsolete. Should.

                                      • The trolls Puppeteer
                                        The trolls Puppeteer  3 days back

                                        It's always white men doing em..ban guns from whites and no mass shootings.shit atleast black gang members kill other black gang members and not shoot up local stores,theaters or malls.. This is why I'm scared to be at white congregations cause of theyre demonic mass murderers

                                        • XMAN Roberson
                                          XMAN Roberson  3 days back

                                          Easy all you have to do is do not give people guns who are y'know

                                          • GamePapa
                                            GamePapa  3 days back

                                            "ViDEo gAmEs CaUseS viOleNCe!!!"

                                            Me: *reading up GameFAQS while playing a game so I can get the True Ending where nobody died* GodDAMMIT! I didn't realize I can save that guy! Welp, time to restart the main campaign!

                                            • Truth Shockwave
                                              Truth Shockwave  3 days back

                                              You just couldn't keep from cracking jokes even about such a serious subject. SHIT HEAD. Just don't fuckin talk about it if you can't be respectful. I have NO RESPECT for this ASSHOLE. Because he has no respect for the victims any their families. And you FANS should be ashamed of yourselfs for not calling him out on his bullshit.

                                              • Jesse.M
                                                Jesse.M  3 days back

                                                I played battle of bikini bottom on xbox as a kid. Now I go around swatting people with my jellyfishing net.

                                              • Bernard Languillier
                                                Bernard Languillier  3 days back

                                                Guns enable people to defend themselves... and to kill others in mass shootings. Let's study the effectiveness of these 2: has the availability of guns enabled people to protect themselves during the mass shootings? Obviously No. Have the guns enables the mass shootings? Obviously yes -> simple, the theory that guns enables people to protect themselves has been proven wrong. It is time to change the law and ban guns.

                                                • Glenn Sparks
                                                  Glenn Sparks  3 days back

                                                  Nothing causes them, there are just evil people in the world who do evil shit. Change gun laws, take guns All together and it'll still Happen. Blaming video games is so 1990s lol, Ppl who want to do harm, will do harm. Period. There are crazy ppl out there... Nothing we can do about It. Just be vigilant and protect yourselves

                                                  • jesuriv1
                                                    jesuriv1  3 days back

                                                    Sorry but if there is a website where killers are venting and outing themselves before they commit the crime, doesn't it stands to reason that such website should be monitored instead of shut down, that way the authorities may have a chance to look into it before it happens. Also, I played tons of video games in my lifetime and never felt the urge of hurting anyone, if anything I blew off some steam and ended too tired to do anything else. This is common sense people!!!!

                                                    • J B
                                                      J B  3 days back

                                                      the greatest lie in history ever told was the devils unseen evil spirits telling humans they don't exist

                                                      • Jake Hall
                                                        Jake Hall  3 days back

                                                        It's always the person BEHIND the gun. Yes, guns kill people, and I do understand your guy's heart. But if we start putting gun laws in place then the only people your gonna end up disarming are the ones that follow the laws. People who don't can always get their guns from the black market. If my opinion ain't welcome here, well... Just something that was on my mind.

                                                        • Angel Gutierrez
                                                          Angel Gutierrez  3 days back

                                                          *** Yet We Making America Great**!!?? 🖕🖕🖕

                                                          • Michael Welker
                                                            Michael Welker  3 days back

                                                            YOU DON'T NEED TO HAVE A HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS TO HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS !!!!!!!!

                                                            • Baz Kouba
                                                              Baz Kouba  3 days back

                                                              racism isn't a mental illness, its fucked, but its not something akin to depression

                                                              • Joshua Hernandez
                                                                Joshua Hernandez  3 days back

                                                                I see nothing funny about this guy and he never really made a point

                                                                • Luke Davis
                                                                  Luke Davis  3 days back

                                                                  did you watch the full video

                                                              • soju69jinro
                                                                soju69jinro  3 days back

                                                                shooting video games causes more violence in people...
                                                                WoW csgo pros must be hitmans or serial killers during their off hours.

                                                                • Margarita Briceno
                                                                  Margarita Briceno  3 days back

                                                                  It is a conspiracy to ban guns and eventually making the country a communist one...….

                                                                  • Margarita Briceno
                                                                    Margarita Briceno  3 days back

                                                                    smh. thats where it starts Trump limiting the internet. today he limits 'bad shit' later limiting EVERYTHING.... think about itttttt

                                                                    • Orlando Diaz
                                                                      Orlando Diaz  3 days back

                                                                      Politicians are really oblivious, I’m actually surprised that shootings aren’t more frequent. Every suicidal person has a probability of deciding to go out in a blaze of glory.

                                                                      • rinnicks
                                                                        rinnicks  3 days back

                                                                        With power comes the ability to protect and exploit, they are two sides of the same coin.

                                                                        • Jeffery beaty
                                                                          Jeffery beaty  3 days back

                                                                          That laugh at 2:54

                                                                          • Эркин Калыбеков

                                                                            Because in the rest of the world it's forbidden to have a free gun.If you want to have it,you have to get through a lotta paper work.But not in the USA

                                                                            • Эркин Калыбеков
                                                                              Эркин Калыбеков  2 days back

                                                                              @Erral Sanders then maybe it's a combination of different factors

                                                                            • Erral Sanders
                                                                              Erral Sanders  2 days back

                                                                              Not necessary true. Countries like Switzerland, Norway, Austria all have laxer gun laws than some states in the us but no mass shootings there.

                                                                          • cianferra22
                                                                            cianferra22  4 days back

                                                                            Yeah, very well excecuted closing with a dramatic comment and a picture of a rifle. But didn't you said on this very same video that "America have always had guns, America has always had evil" and these incidents didn't happen 20 years ago. Be consistent man.

                                                                            • JadedPandaGirl
                                                                              JadedPandaGirl  4 days back

                                                                              Blaming the Internet for mass shootings is like blaming a billboard for it. It's ridiculous.

                                                                              • Chris Gilbert
                                                                                Chris Gilbert  4 days back

                                                                                look at the gun related death figures and then say there is no problem?

                                                                                • Dalton
                                                                                  Dalton  2 days back

                                                                                  Ya it’s definitely not the prescription drugs that all these shooters are on.

                                                                              • Thant Zaw Win
                                                                                Thant Zaw Win  4 days back

                                                                                Yeah blame it on the games. We Asians are doing pretty fine. Ive been playing violent games since i was born Contra or Doom in the early 90s. I was literally less than 7 back then. I turned out fine. But you know what we don't have access to? Its GUNS! Most Asian countries don't legalize guns. USA's problems is the guns. No Guns and you will only have mass stabbing =D

                                                                                • Eri Ro
                                                                                  Eri Ro  4 days back

                                                                                  A student at my high school was arrested two years ago because he was planning to shoot up our school. He had the guns at his house and was ready to do it. The entire story was kept under wraps, but the whispers went through out the school. It just made the school shootings so much more scary and personal. Honestly terrifying.

                                                                                  • Enkabard
                                                                                    Enkabard  4 days back

                                                                                    Whoa video games cause mass shootings ? Well thank god kids can safely play with their guns instead.