The movie “Trainwreck” may be a comedy, but no one is laughing following the deadly shooting that happened during one of its screenings in a Lafayette movie theater in Louisiana just last month. The movie’s lead actress, Amy Schumer, for one, has stopped being funny for quite a while, long enough for her to deliver a heartfelt message about how gun laws have to be capable of “preventing dangerous people from getting guns.”
According to Schumer, this is “very possible.”
In fact, Schumer urged, “We need a background check system without holes and fatal flaws. We need one with accurate information that protects us like a firewall. The critics scoff and say, ‘Well, there’s no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things.’ But they’re wrong, there is a way to stop them.”
Standing side by side with her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, the two made it clear that for “Schumer & Schumer,” “Enough is enough” when it comes to gun violence.
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Furthermore, The New York Times reports that Senator Schumer is introducing a legislation, which would allow the Justice Department put a system in place where states are rewarded or penalized when it comes to background system information. Specifically, this concerns those who have a history of drug problems as well as mental illness.
Perhaps, part of what spurred Schumer into action is an open letter addressed to her by Sarah Clements who is a daughter of a Sandy Hook survivor and who now leads a life dedicated to gun violence prevention. In her letter, she emphasized that each day in the US, “five women are murdered with a gun.”
Moreover, Clements also wrote that, “Women in our country are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other high-income countries.”
Together, the Schumers have also called out for more support for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Specifically, the need for Congress to fully fund the organization after Senator Schumer said that the Senate has proposed to cut its funds by $159 million.
Meanwhile, Amy Schumer also took to Twitter to answer Clements open letter recently. The actress said, “Don’t worry, I’m on it. You’ll see.”
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 1, 2015