Actress and Comedian, Amy Schumer, is using her influence in the media for good.
After the tragic shooting at a screening of her new film, Trainwreck, in Lafayette, Louisiana, the actress decided to help change legislation so this won’t happen again.
When news of the shooting broke out, Schumer explained her feelings, “I was completely devastated…then I was angry…I’m not sure why this man chose my movie to end these two beautiful lives and injure nine others, but it was very personal to me.”
The shooting resulted in the death of two women, Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux, and later reports found that the shooter had a history of mental illness.
Schumer expressed her outrage on the current gun control situation during a New York press conference, saying, “We always find out how the shooter got their gun and it’s always something that never should have happened in the first place.”
So, now the actress is teaming up with her second cousin, the United States senator, Chuck Schumer, to pass a new initiative that aims to end gun violence around the country.
The plan, which will work in three-parts, will keep violent criminals and the mentally ill from easily obtaining guns.
According to The Guardian, the law would also, “punish U.S. states that fail to submit relevant records into a background check system while rewarding those that comply. The senator [Schumer] will also ask Congress to retain funding for mental health and drug abuse programs.”
Senator Schumer has expressed his gratitude for his cousin’s help, explaining, “Having people like Amy speaking out reaches people who I could never reach…It’s going to make a big difference.”
What do you think? Will Amy Schumer’s support really help the U.S. Senate to pass new legislation on gun control?