Schumer’s emotional speech on gun violence
Amy Schumer thinks preventing shootings by “crazy people” requires immediate attention.
On July 23 a 59-year-old gunman killed two women and injured nine other people at a theatre in Louisiana during a screening of her new comedy Trainwreck, and on Monday August 3 the comedienne paid her condolences in a detailed speech about gun violence.
The 34-year-old teamed up with her second cousin, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, to outline a proposal on how to deal with the issue.
“No one wants to live in a country where a felon, the mentally ill or other dangerous people can get their hands on a gun with such ease," she told reporters in New York City, according to the New York Post. "The critics scoff and say, 'Well, there's no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things,' but they're wrong. Preventing dangerous people from getting guns is very possible, these shootings have got to stop. I don't know how else to say it."
The cousins’ proposal includes stricter background checks for all gun purchases.
As well as discussing the legal issues that need dealing with, Amy also took time to talk about how deeply the incident had affected her.
“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," she said.
When asked if she thought the shooting was in retaliation to her movie and any feminist views it has, Amy confessed it had crossed her mind.
“I got about a million emails from friends telling me it could've been any movie - I'm trying to believe that, but I'm not sure,” she said. "Women are always under great threat of violence, just statistically. When these sort of things happen we mourn, and then we get angry, and it'll just make us fight harder. These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I promise you they will not be my last.”
- Cover Media