This is the NRA dream. This is Second Amendment harmony. This is a life where armed men and women prevent mass shootings on their own terms. This is a hunky-dory, firearm-toting utopia. And it's totally ridiculous.
Days after a gunman killed nine people at an Oregon Community College, Saturday Night Live made a bold point about America's gun problem. The sketch avoids the didactic and obvious. What begins like a De Beers diamonds commercial ends as an inditement of the casual bearing of arms. In this peachy dystopia, guns are like a bouquet of roses or a new baseball bat—there's nothing as touching as gifting a loved one an automatic weapon! Guest Amy Schumer, who in July became a vocal advocate for gun control laws after a shooter killed two people at a screening of Trainwreck, gives the creepiest performance, taking the country's unwavering gun fetish to romantic levels. The weapons in this sketch only go off when they're supposed to go off. They never injure or kill unsuspecting bystanders. They're just fun. If only we lived in that world.