Amy Schumer stuck to her promise of action following the tragic shooting at a screening of her movie Trainwreck last month, officially joining forces with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to push for tighter gun control.
Schumer joined the senator, who is also her cousin, on Monday during a press conference to unveil a three-part plan that will make it more difficult for violent criminals and the mentally ill to obtain guns.
“We’re here today to say enough is enough to mass shootings,” Schumer said Monday.
The proposed legislation would create monetary rewards for states that submit all required records to the background check system. States that don’t would in turn be penalized. The plan also calls on Congress to preserve mental-health funding and substance-abuse programs, according to the Associated Press.
“What Chuck said here today, it deserves unanimous support. We’ll never know why people choose to do these painful things, but sadly we always find out how. How the shooter got their gun,” said Schumer. “And it’s often something that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. And today’s push makes so much sense because it seeks to address the how. We need a background check system without holes and fatal flaws.”
Schumer alluded to her plans to get involved with the hot-button issue through Twitter on Saturday.
Responding to an open letter posted to Medium by Sarah Clements, which challenged her to lend her “voice” to the movement, Schumer said she was “on it.”
“I know deep down that the Tweet you sent after the shooting was not all that you’ve got. And we need your voice in this movement,” Clements’ letter said. “We need your help.”
“You’ll see,” Tweeted Schumer.
The shocking shooting left two dead and nine injured after a gunman opened fire during a screening of the comedy in Lafayette, Louisiana, on July 23. The gunman, who died after taking his own life, was a 59-year-old white male “drifter” identified as John Russell Houser.
Mayci Breaux, 21, of Franklin, Louisiana, died at the theater, and Jillian Johnson, 33, of Lafayette, later died at the hospital.