In the wake of the shooting last month at a screening of “Trainwreck” in Lafayette, Louisiana, comedian/actress Amy Schumer is teaming up with her cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to push for tighter gun control.
On Monday, the duo will announce a three-part plan focused on strengthening the background check system, the Associated Press reports. Under the proposed legislation, states that provide all the necessary records to the national background check system would receive monetary rewards, while those that don’t would be penalized. The goal of the legislation is to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and the mentally ill, so Sen. Schumer is also asking Congress to continue supporting mental health funding and substance abuse programs. The effort comes the same day the Congressional Research Service released a new report showing mass shootings on the rise and calling on federal agencies for better and more regular reporting of data from such incidents.
On July 23, a gunman later identified as John Russell Houser opened fire in a movie theater during a screening of the Amy Schumer-led comedy, resulting in the death of two women -- Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33 -- and nine other people injured. Houser committed suicide after the incident.
Schumer and Schumer's announcement comes days after Amy Schumer responded to an open letter asking her to join the movement against gun violence. Sarah Clements, the daughter of a survivor of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, published a letter on Medium.com asking Schumer to become “a voice for our generation and for women -- two groups who make up most of the victims of the gun violence in our country.”
“Don’t worry I’m on it,” Schumer tweeted Saturday.
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 1, 2015