Amy Schumer and her cousin Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are tackling gun violence with a public initiative, following last month’s tragic movie theater shooting at a screening of her comedy “Trainwreck.”
The three-part plan would make it harder for violent criminals and the mentally ill to obtain guns. The legislation would reward states that submit comprehensive records into background check systems with funding and penalize those that do not.
“These shootings have got to stop,” Amy Schumer said Monday at a press conference in New York City. “I don’t know how else to say it.”
The Schumers will also call on the Department of Justice to release information on how states handle “involuntary mental health commitments,” and push Congress to preserve mental health funding and substance abuse programs.
“I’m not sure why this man chose my movie to end those two lives and injure nine others, but it was very personal for me,” Amy Schumer said. “We always find out how the shooter got their gun and it’s always something that never should have happened in the first place.”
Authorities say the suspect in the July 23 movie theater shooting in Lafayette, La., John Russell Houser, who also shot himself, had a history of mental illness.
“These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I promise you they will not be my last,” Amy Schumer said. She is expected to speak more on the matter tonight on “The Daily Show.”
The actress hinted on Saturday that she was going to address gun violence after Sarah Clements, whose mother survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., wrote an open letter calling on the actress to take action.
“Her name was Mayci, not Marci, and I think about her and Jillian everyday,” Amy Schumer tweeted of the two female victims of the Louisiana shooting. “Don’t worry I’m on it. You’ll see.”