After a week of non-stop criticism from both sides of the political spectrum regarding the Senate’s work on gun control legislation, the most scathing rebuke to everything that has been proposed came during last night’s SNL cold-opening.
President Obama, played by Jay Pharaoh, described the so-called movement on the issue as such: "The Senate voted 68 to 31 to begin debating the idea of discussing gun control. Let me say that again. They'd agreed to begin thinking about talking about gun control."
On the background check proposal offered by Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey, SNL’s commander-in-chief said this: "These men risked everything for this bill. I mean, Sen. Manchin represents West Virginia and he's proposing gun reform? He's gonna lose his job. And Sen. Toomey. This man is a Republican who is willing to make just the slightest compromise on gun control? He's going to lose his job too."
Sens. Toomey and Manchin, played by Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis, respectively, also weighed in: "If our bill passes," Hader said, "no individual can purchase a handgun from a private dealer without being asked, 'Are you a good person?' as well as the follow-up, 'Seriously, are you?'"
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Sudeikis added: "Is this bill what we wanted? No. Is it what the NRA wanted? No. Will it help in some small way? Probably not."
Check out the entire sketch in the video below.