As much as West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin made headlines this past week, it shouldn’t have been surprising that he also made the opening skit of “Saturday Night Live.”
Well — it wasn’t Joe himself, but rather actor Jason Sudeikis who portrayed the 65-year-old politician. While Manchin was busy brokering a Senate deal that would expand background checks for gun sales, the writers at “SNL” were watching with a critical eye.
Here’s the 3-minute clip of Manchin and Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey:
Among the highlights of the “SNL” version of the compromise bill (transcribed by website Mediaite):
No individual can purchase a handgun from a private dealer without being asked, ‘Are you a good person?’ along with the follow-up question “Seriously, are you?”
Absolutely no limit on the amount of ammunition you can carry in magazines.
Limit the number of guns you can shoot at once to two.
Anyone caught shooting three or more guns at the same time will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, the penalty for which is we give you a fourth gun.
Bans AK-47s from all coin-operated vending machines.
The Papa John’s promotion, buy two medium pizzas, get a free gun has been completely outlawed
“SNL” also made reference to Manchin’s “Dead Aim” television ad, in which he famously shot a copy of a cap-and-trade bill with a rifle.
It was back to work for Manchin and Toomey in real life early Sunday, however.
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) April 14, 2013
(Hat tip to sportswriter and pop culture buff Derek Redd for hooking me up with a link this morning!)