“Saturday Night Live” is known for its political satire, especially during an election season. On Saturday, the show tackled an issue that has become front-and-center in the 2016 campaign: gun control.
“SNL” mocked America’s gun culture and Second Amendment obsession in a parody PSA starring host Amy Schumer.
“Whatever you’re waiting for, whatever you face, whatever you’re looking for, there are things that we all share,” Schumer said in a voiceover. “Love, family, connection, a sense of purpose. And also guns.”
The short video featured Schumer and various cast members in various pursuits: on a date, jogging in the park, in labor on the way to the hospital. In the end, all are unified by their love of firearms.
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It’s not the first time Schumer has been drawn into the gun debate. In July, a gunman opened fire during a screening of her film “Trainwreck,” in Lafayette, La., killing two and wounding nine others before turning the gun on himself.
Two weeks later, Schumer joined her cousin, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, in calling for stricter gun control measures.
“These shootings have got to stop — I don’t know how else to say it,” the comedian said at a press conference introducing legislation that would make it harder for violent criminals and those with mental illnesses to obtain guns. “Maybe the worst part about all of this is that there is a common-sense way to stop mass shooting. There are many ways. For me, the pain I share with so many other Americans on the issue of gun violence was made extremely personal to me.”