Watch Amy Schumer Mock America’s Gun Habit

“Here’s what great about this…pretty much anyone can purchase this!”

Comedy’s It Girl is back again to mock the country’s lax gun laws. In a sketch on last night’s episode of Inside Amy Schumer, Schumer and her co-star play two hosts on a home shopping network eager to sell their products, including a Steve Irwin commemorative coin and, of course, a gun.

“Here’s what great about this…pretty much anyone can purchase this!” Schumer says as her co-host plays with the handgun before taking some calls from shoppers at home.

After a man calls in asking to buy a commemorative coin, Schumer instead offers him a firearm. The caller laments that he’s unable to purchase one as he has several violent felonies. “Caller, you bite your tongue, you silly goose!” Schumer responds. “You can absolutely get a gun if you have several felonies, as long as you buy it on the internet or at a gun show.”

Her co-host informs the caller that at a gun show, he can buy guns from unlicensed dealer, no questions asked.

“Just a reminder for all the parents at home: These make perfect stocking stuffers,” Schumer says as she lovingly handles the gun. “These are great for any age group.” 

Another caller expresses interest in buying “a lot of these,” but fears he is unable to, as he’s a suspected terrorist on the no-fly list.

“Aw, you’re fine, sweet potato fries,” Schumer responds. “No one can you tell you that you don’t have a right to buy a gun in this country you’re trying to destroy!”

Schumer signs off with a pre-commercial promo for her next product. “We’re going to be selling you United States congressmen and senators whose influence can be purchased much cheaper than you think,” she says. Several names of the top recipients of gun lobby money in Congress appear on screen, including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Mitch McConnell.

Schumer and Julianne Moore are among the slew of famous names who have aligned with the gun safety group Everytown for Gun Safety. Schumer became a vocal gun control advocate after a shooting in a Louisiana movie theater left two people dead last year during a screening of her movie Trainwreck. Schumer also tapped into her political connections: Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York is her cousin. Last summer, the two joined forces to urge Congress to pass common-sense gun legislation.

It’s not the first time Amy Schumer has mocked America’s obsession with the Second Amendment. Last October, Schumer hosted Saturday Night Live, starring in a parody commercial for guns that ended with the tagline, “Guns. We’re here to stay.”

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