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Amy Schumer and Sen. Chuck Schumer unveil their plan to stop mass shootings
Spurred by the Lafayette theater shooting, the actress and her senator cousin outlined their gun-control plan.
The New York Democrat’s three-part plan follows a movie-theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, that killed three people, including the gunman, and injured nine. The shooting took place during a screening of Amy Schumer’s movie Trainwreck.
“I’m not sure why this man chose my movie to end these two beautiful lives,” Amy Schumer said during a press conference in Manhattan on Monday. “It’s very personal for me. These shootings have got to stop. I don’t know how else to say it.”
.@amyschumer says she was “devastated” and then “angry” after shooing at her movie. She sounds close to tears.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) August 3, 2015
The first part of the Schumer cousins’ plan is punishing states that don’t submit all of the required information to the federal background-check system and rewarding compliant states with government funding.
The Schumers also want the Department of Justice to prepare a report comparing state standards for involuntary mental health checks and offering recommendations on best practices.
Finally, they plan to urge Congress to save funding for mental-health and substance-abuse programs, given how crucial they say the programs are to curbing gun violence.
“We all know that if laws were tight, the shooter in Charleston would not have been able to purchase a gun,” Sen. Schumer said, referring to Dylann Roof, who confessed to murdering nine worshippers in a allegedly racially motivated attack in Charleston, South Carolina, last month.
“Preventing dangerous people from getting guns is very possible. We have common-sense solutions. We can toughen background checks and stop the sale of firearms to folks who have a violent history of a history of mental illness,” Amy Schumer said. “No one wants to live on a country where a felon, the mentally ill, or other dangerous people can get their hands on a firearm with such ease.”
Mass shootings have been on the rise since 2000, according to an FBI report released last year. There have been more than 200 mass shootings in the United States so far in 2015, according to the website shootingtracker.com.
“These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I can promise you they will not be my last,” Amy Schumer said, holding back tears.
“We’ve got to keep trying,” Sen. Schumer said. “We can’t give up. We cannot give up.”
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Once named one of Forbes’ 20 Under 20 and hired as a staff writer for the Daily Dot when he was still a senior in high school, William Turton is a rising tech reporter focusing on information security, hacking culture, and politics. Since leaving the Daily Dot in April 2016, his work has appeared on Gizmodo, the Outline, and Vice News Tonight on HBO.