Three months ago, Amy Schumer fans sat in a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theatre and witnessed the most terrible event not on the silver screen, in her latest movie Trainwreck, but instead in person. A man bearing a gun was seated in the audience, and shot his two innocent victims from the rows before turning the gun on himself.
This tragedy is unfortunately an ever-growing epidemic in America, and alongside her cousin, US Senator Chuck Schumer, the pair are forming a crusade against gun crime, in order to end this spiralling number of events indefinitely. On Sunday the duo held a press conference at New York City Hall, and Amy addressed the crowds on the subject for the first time since the event took place.
She began: “On Thursday, July 23rd, a man sat down for my movie, Trainwreck. I don’t know why he picked my movie. It is something I live with every day. 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. We always find out how the shooter got their gun and it’s always something that never should have happened in the first place.”
The comedienne/ actress, who in recent weeks made her very impressive Saturday Night Live debut, has decided to use the show’s “live from New York” slogan, followed by “we’re aiming for change”, to advertise their campaign in the media. After her political appearance, she posted via her Twitter account: “Please join me and @SenSchumer in ending gun violence and tweet the hashtag #aimingforchange RT we can do this.”
The primary purpose of the emotionally-charged conference was to cover the campaign’s three key points: close background check loopholes, so that criminals can no longer avoid checks when purchasing weapons at gun shows or on the Internet; make these checks more effective and improved in order to stop domestic abusers buying guns; and to close down the illegal gun pipeline for good, with gun trafficking qualifying as a federal crime.