Amy Schumer is continuing her work speaking out against gun violence and lobbying for legislation that will limit the ability for violent criminals to obtain firearms.
The actress created a public initiative in August with her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer, after a gunman publicly opened fire during a screening of her movie “Trainwreck” in Lafayette, La. Now the cousins are teaming up again for a new Congress plan which Schumer explains in an ABC News video.
“[The shooting] is something that I live with every day and I vow never to forget the two lives that were tragically lost, sensibly lost that night — Jillian Johnson, who was 33, and Mayci Breaux, who was just 21 years old. These women are forever in my heart and since the last time Chuck and I teamed up there have been about 100 more shootings,” Schumer says. “I’m here to tell the American people that they do have a voice on the issue of gun violence and now is the time to use it.”
Her senator cousin along with fellow members of congress have created “a bold plan,” Schumer continues. Not only is it bold, but attainable and relies on common sense.
“If you’re a violent criminal, a domestic violence offender or severely mentally ill, you will not be able to purchase a gun. I’m going to say that again because I know the tweets I get that say that you want to take away people’s guns,” she explains. “If you are a violent criminal, a domestic violence offender or severely mentally ill you will not be able to purchase a gun. The days of being able to get a gun on the Internet with a few strokes of a keyboard will be no more. The ease by with which gun traffickers obtain guns will no longer be easy.”
Senator Schumer tweeted a bullet proof layout of the plan as well.
The Schumers are requesting that everyone who agrees with them to use the hashtag #AimingForChange to tweet at their congressional representatives and write their congressmen to urge them to vote the proposed legislation through.