On ‘Daily Show,’ Amy Schumer Continues To Discuss Gun Violence by the Forward

On ‘Daily Show,’ Amy Schumer Continues To Discuss Gun Violence

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Amy Schumer continued to discuss gun violence in America on on “The Daily Show.” When asked her reaction to the July shooting at a screening of her film “Trainwreck” that left two dead and nine injured, Schumer responded “I was like, legit heartbroken.”

“To hear that news, it broke my heart, she said. “It was so horrible.”

Earlier that day the comedian held a press conference with cousin Senator Chuck Schumer to unveil the politician’s plan to reduce gun violence in America. “I have thought about these victims each day since the tragedy,” she said in her statement. Later adding that her heart goes out to everyone “tied to the tragic, senseless and horrifying actions of this man who shouldn’t have been able to put his hands on a gun in the first place.”

Senator Schumer’s proposed legislation would improve background checks, as well as calling on Congress to provide more funding for mental health and substance abuse programs. “We’re up against a powerful lobby, so having people like Amy - who people respect and listen to - is a great antidote,” Senator Schumer said of his cousin. “She reaches people that, frankly, I would never reach.”

At the press conference Amy Schumer threw her support behind the three-point plan:

Over the weekend an open letter on Medium from Sarah Clements, the daughter of a survivor of the Sandy Hook shooting, called on Amy Schumer to become an active voice against gun violence.

“Amy Schumer, I and many other Millennials look up to you so much. You are our generation’s epitome of what it means to be a strong, powerful, self-aware champion for the experiences and truths of being a woman and an American today,” Clements wrote. “I know deep down that the tweet you sent after the shooting was not all that you’ve got. And we need your voice in this movement. We need your help.”

At Monday’s press conference, Schumer ended by saying, “These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I can promise you they will not be my last.”

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Sarah Breger

Sarah Breger

Sarah Breger is a former editor of the Sisterhood blog. Follow her on Twitter at @sbreger.

On ‘Daily Show,’ Amy Schumer Continues To Discuss Gun Violence

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