Saturday Night Live, with Amy Schumer at the helm as host, took on the debate over gun control multiple times during this weekend’s episode.
Schumer, who has spoken out publicly in support of gun control, featured in a faux PSA and a sketch about a city council meeting.
During the public service announcement, a voiceover states, “Whatever you’re waiting for, whatever you face, whatever you’re looking for, there are things we all share: love, family, connection, a sense of purpose, and also guns.” The video ended with, “Guns, we’re here to stay.”
Elsewhere in the episode, Schumer portrayed a little girl named Amy Merryweather Sherman during the “City Council Meeting” parody. Sherman, a character from the Inside Amy Schumer sketch on Toddlers & Tiaras, declared, “I want to be allowed to bring my firearm to school.”
A Weekend Update segment also tackled the issue of guns in the U.S.
“Colin and I have been going back and forth on this a lot,” said Michael Che. “There’s a gun for every man, woman, and child in this country. What are we preparing for, a rap beef?”
“I agree that we don’t need that many guns, but this county is obsessed with things we don’t need,” Colin Jost replied. “We don’t need a Baconator. We don’t need a beer that’s a margarita inside a beer. And we definitely don’t need our dogs to wear Halloween costumes.”
Following the tragic shooting at a movie theater screening of Trainwreck in Louisiana earlier this year, Schumer vowed to help the fight for stricter gun control laws. She soon came out with her cousin, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, to push a three-pronged plan to help move things along.
“These shootings have got to stop,” she said at the time. “I don’t know how else to say it.”