Actress Amy Schumer and her cousin U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer joined each other today on the steps of New York City Hall to announce a renewed drive for stricter gun legislation. The Democratic senator and the actress are renewing their call for legislation that would expand background checks and close a loophole that allows weapons to be purchased at gun shows and online without such checks.
She began speaking out on the issue earlier this year when a gunman opened fire in a Louisiana theater during a showing of her comedy movie, Trainwreck. Two people died in the attack and nine others were injured. Amy Schumer said she encourages the public to learn more and to speak out against gun violence and to press Congress to take action.
Amy Schumer says the proposed legislation is not about taking guns from rightful owners, but “if you’re a violent criminal, a domestic violence offender or severely mentally ill, you will not be able to purchase a gun.”
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 25, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe actress also called attention to a 12-year-old girl who died when she was hit by a stray bullet while insider her Long Island home earlier this month. Amy Schumer is also a Long Island Native.
The duo has claimed the hashtag #AIMINGFORCHANGE to raise awareness on the subject. They hope public support will help bring about what Chuck Schumer called “common sense” legislation.