Amy Schumer Continues Her Campaign to End Gun Violence: ‘We Need a Public Outcry’

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amy Schumer joins Sen. Chuck Schumer in somber call for stricter gun control laws.

Speaking on the steps of New York City Hall yesterday, the star called for tighter restrictions on gun sales, introducing a hashtag #aimingforchange to raise awareness of loopholes in legislation that can allow violent criminals or the severely mentally ill to buy a gun.

The “Trainwreck” actress said the issue had become personal for her since a madman went into a Louisiana theater in July and opened fire during her movie. “I don’t know why he picked my movie but … it’s something that I live with every day and I vowed to never forget the two lives that were tragically lost: Jillian Johnson, who was 33, and Mayci Breaux, who was just 21-years-old. Schumer became involved with the gun control movement after a shooting at a showing of her romantic comedy, Trainwreck, in Lafayette, Louisiana in July. The proposed changes would fix background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and the mentally ill — but still respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners, the Senator said. “Since [then], there have been at least 95 shootings across the country.

It would close the loophole allowing weapons to be sold without background checks at gun shows and online; fill gaps in the background check system itself; and stop arms trafficking of weapons across state lines. They say that could create a groundswell forcing a vote early next year. “Live from New York: We’re aiming for a change,” the senator added, playing on words that kick off television’s “Saturday Night Live,” recently hosted by Amy Schumer. Schumer said the pair’s proposed legislation is not about taking guns from rightful owners, but about restricting sale to those with a history of violence. His cousin called the losses “gut-wrenching,” including the recent shooting death of NYPD officer Randolph Holder, who was gunned down by a career criminal. “Gun violence is ripping apart America, it’s ripping apart our families. And even those untouched by violence must every few days just look up in a stunned silence at another nightly newscast that reads like an obituary,” said Amy Schumer.

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