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SNL Takes On Gun Control In Blistering Weekend Update Segment

The horrifying Las Vegas massacre has reawakened the gun control debate in a big way. Those in favor of additional reform and regulations are using the opportunity to call as much attention to the issue as possible, while others are taken aback by the politicization of a tragedy. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it’s clear that some conversations need to be had amongst lawmakers to ensure that we’re doing all that we can to help prevent even more tragedies.

As The Hill shares, Saturday Night Live jumped into the debate on this week’s episode by delivering a blistering statement on the ‘Weekend Update’ segment.

"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," said co-anchor Colin Jost. "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. And unlike with guns, the government will actually come and take your cats away, because everyone agrees that’s insane.”

While Jost was attempting to use humor to get the point across, he would draw special attention to the fact that Stephen Paddock acquired a number of weapons over the past year alone. The fact that it didn’t set off alarm bells boggles his mind.

“And that didn’t set off any kind of alert? If I buy $100 worth of Chick-Fil-A, I get a text message from my bank that says, ‘Did you just purchase $100 worth of Chick-Fil-A? Please, Colin, tell us this is fraud,’” Jost continued.

Co-anchor Michael Che would chime in with his take, and he had some not so kind words for proponents of the second amendment.

“Why is it so hard to get gun control in this country? I mean, who are these delicate snowflakes that we can’t just tell, ‘No, you are not allowed to have 40 guns anymore, Earl. From now on, you can have one gun, max, and six bullets,'” Che said. “If you can’t hit what you’re shooting with six bullets, then you don’t need to be shooting at it. Learn karate, or use your words."

Passions are obviously high on the issue, but it’s unclear how referring to one side of the argument as ‘snowflakes’ helps to advance the discussion. It doesn’t take much for people to get their defenses up on the contentious issue to begin with, so hurling insults isn’t exactly the best approach to getting them to listen to a differing viewpoint. In order for that to happen, cooler heads need to prevail.

Arguments need to be placed on the table, and it would be helpful if they were bolstered by concrete facts that haven’t been skewed to support one narrative or another. Only then can we come up with a solution that makes sense, and there’s no time like the present to make that happen.

Source: The Hill
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