Amy Schumer teamed with her cousin Senator Chuck Schumer on Monday for a Manhattan press conference announcing the politician’s plan to reduce gun violence in America, Mashable reports. The address follows the tragic July shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater, during a showing of Amy Schumer’s new film comedy, Trainwreck, where the assailant – who had a history of mental health issues – killed two, Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, and injured nine.
“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,” Amy Schumer said during the conference. “We always find out how the shooter got their gun, and it’s always something that never should have happened in the first place.”
Senator Schumer outlined a three-action proposal for combating gun violence. First, he detailed new legislation planned to financially reward states which “submit all necessary records into the background check system” and penalize those that do not. He also requested the Department of Justice to write a report “comparing all states’ standards for involuntary mental health commitment,” meant to provide “federal recommendations” for practices. In closing, he urged Congress to increase funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in hopes of offering treatment to those in need.
The Schumers mentioned other American mass shootings in recent months, including the racially motivated June attack on a Charleston church that resulted in nine deaths. The senator referenced the FBI’s report on shooter Dylann Roof, explaining that improper background checks enabled the 21-year-old to purchase a weapon.
“If there’s anything that the mass shootings…have taught us, it’s that we should do everything in our power to close these loopholes,” Senator Schumer said. “We all know that if laws were tighter, the shooter in Charleston would not have been able to purchase a gun.”
In a statement from the senator’s office, the Schumers emphasized their belief that “more needs to be done to prevent people, like violent criminals, abusers and the mentally ill, from too easily obtaining guns and using them to kill, sometimes in the form of a massacre.”