NEW YORK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Senator Chuck Schumer teamed up with cousin comedian/actress Amy Schumer on the steps of City Hall Sunday afternoon to call on the American people to help crack down on gun violence.
For Long Island native Amy Schumer, the issue of gun violence became personal when two people were killed and nine others injured by a shooter in Louisiana while watching her movie ‘Trainwreck.’ Since then, she’s back her cousin Schumer’s legislation, which she says is not about taking guns from rightful owners.
“If you’re a violent criminal, a domestic violence offender or severely mentally ill, you will not be able to purchase a gun,” Schumer said.
The story are gut-wrenching, Amy Schumer said at the event, calling attention to the 12-year-old girl who died after being hit by a stray bullet while in her Long Island home earlier this month.
The duo is asking the public to use the hashtag #AIMINGFORCHANGE help bring awareness to the subject by starting a dialogue on social media.
They hope public support will help bring about what Chuck Schumer called ‘common sense legislation,’ which includes enforcing stricter background checks, including mandatory background checks for online gun sales and at gun shows.