Prompted by a Newtown activist, Amy Schumer is joining her cousin, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, in a renewed effort to reduce gun violence.
“Preventing dangerous people from getting guns is very possible,” the comedian said at a news conference. “These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I promise they won’t be my last.”
In the wake of the fatal shootings at Amy’s “Trainwreck” screening in Louisiana, the actress responded to an open letter from Sarah Clements, whose mother survived the Sandy Hook massacre of 2012.
“I know deep down that the tweet you sent after the [July] shooting was not all that you’ve got,” Clements wrote. “And we need your voice in this movement. We need your help.”
Amy replied: “Don’t worry I’m on it. You’ll see.”
My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) July 24, 2015
Amy’s father is related to the Democratic senator from New York. The senator, in urging a national crackdown on selling firearms to anyone who may have mental health issues, has proposed a new law rewarding states for helping the drive to check the backgrounds of people trying to buy certain firearms.
The director of the movie Trainwreck said the screening shooting “devastates me.”
“One of the reasons we make these movies is because the world can be so horrifying and we all need to laugh just to deal with it,” Trainwreck director Judd Apatow said in a statement. “So to have this happen in a room where people were smiling and laughing devastates me. My thoughts and love go out to the victims and anyone touched by this madness or any madness. We, as a country, need to find a way to do better.”
A fan urged Amy Schumer to take a stand against gun violence, and she’s on it: Amy Schumer isn’t standing idly… http://t.co/erOiKSA0po
— Silicon Angel (@SiliconAngel) August 3, 2015