Schumer sat in the front row of the East Room as President Barack Obama publicly unveiled new executive actions designed to combat gun violence

By Jodi Guglielmi
January 05, 2016 03:05 PM
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Amy Schumer attended a White House press conference on Tuesday to show her support for President Barack Obama‘s fight against gun violence.

The Trainwreck star, 34, was seen sitting in the front row of the White House’s East Room as Obama publicly unveiled new executive actions designed to combat gun violence.

The comedian has been a strong advocate for stricter gun control laws since a shooter opened fire at a Louisiana Trainwreck screening in July, killing two women and injuring several others before turning the gun on himself.

She’s made multiple public appearances with Sen. Chuck Schumer, her cousin, in an effort to bring awareness to the subject.

“Gun violence is ripping apart America; it’s ripping apart our families,” she said at an October press conference with Sen. Schumer.

Before arriving at the White House, Schumer took to Twitter to once again urge her fans to get involved in stopping gun violence.

Later, she responded to a tweet from the rapper Wale, who tweeted a photo of the pair at the event.

“We can’t stop, cause we won’t stop,” she wrote.

She also shared a link from an article in the Independent Journal about her attendance at the event, which states she shared the front row with Gabrielle Giffords, the former Congresswoman who survived a gunshot to the head in 2012.

During Tuesday’s press conference, Obama introduced a new set of laws that bypass Congress and seek to expand background checks on firearms purchases.

Under the new rules, gun dealers are required to obtain a federal seller’s license and do background checks on all buyers. The move seeks to crack down in particular on small retailers who sell firearms at gun shows and online, closing the so-called “gun-show loophole.”

“The constant excuses for inaction no longer do, no longer suffice,” Obama told the crowd gathered in the East Room of the White House Tuesday morning. “Instead of thinking of how to solve the problem, this has become one of our most polarized, partisan debates. We do need to feel a sense of urgency about it. In Dr. King’s words, we need to feel the fierce urgency of now.”

Obama became emotional while talking about the amount of gun violence America has seen. He wiped tears from his face as he spoke about the children who were killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.

“Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” he said.

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