Saturday Night Live this weekend mocked the unwillingness of federal lawmakers to seriously address gun laws following the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
The skit began with President Barack Obama hailing the Senate for agreeing to consider debate on a gun control bill.
“Good evening my fellow Americans,” he remarked. “As you know, over the past few months I have made gun control legislation a top priority for my administration, which is why I am so excited to announce that this week the Senate voted 68-31 to begin debating the idea of discussing gun control. Let me say that again, they’ve agreed to think about talking about gun control. Amazing.”
Obama then introduced Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), who recently drafted legislation regarding background checks. The two men timidly explained their bipartisan agreement would require those purchasing a handgun from a private dealer to be asked, “Are you a good person?”
Toomey and Manchin have also proposed limiting the amount of guns an individual could legally fire at the same time to two, but admitted those caught firing three guns at once would be punished by receiving a fourth gun. The punishment was a “compromise thing.”
Toomey and Manchin disclosed that none of the gun restrictions would apply to the state of Florida, which was mysteriously exempted despite the senators wishes.
“Look. Is this bill what we wanted? No. Is it what the NRA wanted? No. But does it at least help in some small way?” Manchin wondered, before both men admitted the answer was no.
“So, in summary, you’re welcome,” Toomey concluded.