NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer has teamed up with her cousin, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), to call for tighter gun control laws in an effort to stop mass shootings and gun violence.
As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, the initiative was prompted by a shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, while Amy Schumer’s movie “Trainwreck” was playing.READ MORE: Candidate Conversations: Curtis Sliwa
“When I heard about this news, I was completely devastated, and I just wanted to go down to Louisiana, and then I was angry,” Amy Schumer said.
A mentally disturbed man named John Hauser opened fire in the theater late last month, killing two people – Jillian Johnson and Maci Breau – and injuring nine others.
“We’ll never know why people choose to do these painful things, but sadly we always find out how — how the shooter got their gun and it’s often something that shouldn’t have happened in the first place,” she said. “And today’s push makes so much sense because it seeks to address the how.”
Amy Schumer fought back tears as she spoke about the shooting.
“The thought of this community being turned around and upside down by this just sickens me,” she said. “Unless something is done and done soon, dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns — and we know what can happen when they do.”