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article imageSNL addresses latest gun control legislation in cold opener

By Michael Krebs     Apr 14, 2013 in Politics
NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' tackled the latest developments in the push for gun control legislation, with 'President Obama' calling for support from congress.
In its cold opener last night, NBC's "Saturday Night Live" weighed in on the national gun control legislation debate, demonstrating the complexities fueling the different perspectives in a congressional conversation that appears to have not reached a conclusion.
SNL's President Obama, played by Jay Pharoah, addressed the nation from his podium, reintroducing the American people to the challenge he faces on the gun control issue.
"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 to 31 to begin debating the idea of discussing gun control," Obama said.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre, the supporters of gun control legislation have been pushing congress and the white house to produce more stringent laws on the matter. However, polls have shown that Americans are not necessarily behind the measure, with 47 percent of the population supporting gun control action, according to a CBS News report in late March.
The real President Obama asked Francine Wheeler, whose 6 year-old son was slain in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, to deliver the weekly presidential address, as NPR reported.
The proposed legislation emerging from the senate will likely be voted down by congressional voices in the house.
SNL's Obama invited two senators to join him on the podium to help explain the latest developments on the discussion. The two shared their "accomplishments" on the matter, rattling off a list of compromises that ensure a watered-down bill.
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