“Saturday Night Live” took on gun control during its “Weekend Update” segment in the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas that took the lives of 59 people.
In this week’s cold open, country singer Jason Aldean — who was playing on stage at the Las Vegas country music festival when the shooting began — covered the late Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" as a tribute to victims. But a much more forceful statement came during “Weekend Update."
Co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che used the top of the show's comedy news segment to join the chorus of people calling for gun control after the shooting.
“The investigation into the tragedy in Las Vegas this week has sparked a larger debate in America between people who want common sense gun control and people who are wrong,” Jost began. “This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. The guy had 47 guns. No one should own 47 of anything. If you own 47 cats, you are not a responsible pet owner, you’re a crazy cat lady.”
Che called gun lovers “snowflakes” and implied they needed their weapons to compensate for deficits in other departments. “For every gun you trade in, we give you one half-inch of penis enlargement,” Che offered up as an unorthodox approach to gun control. “If you trade in 10 guns, you get 5 inches. And if you’re a woman — keep ’em. You’re going to have to fight off all the men in spandex showing off their new 8-inch penises.”
Che also vented his anger at House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said he was exploring gun control options — while at the same time pushing for laxer gun control laws.
“But first, he wants to look into this briefcase from the NRA,” he half-joked.
Then Che called out the “hypocritical” Second Amendment advocates who always say “respect law enforcement” and “support the troops."
“Meanwhile they have a closet full of weapons because they think those same troops are going to come drive their house away.”
Jost also talked about President Donald Trump’s response to Puerto Rico.
“Nothing says I understand the gravity of the situation like a billionaire tossing six rolls of paper towels to hurricane victims,” he said.
This week' s SNL also featured Jason Aldean, who opened up the show with a performance of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down." Gal Gadot hosted the episode with a powerful message of unity, following the week that included the tragic Las Vegas massacre, as well as the death of the 66-year-old rock legend.
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