Comedian Amy Schumer Calls for Stricter Gun Laws After 'Trainwreck' Shooting
Actress and comedian Amy Schumer teamed up with her cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Monday for a press conference to announce the politician's plan to reduce gun violence in America.
This follows a shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater during a showing of Schumer's film, "Trainwreck." In that tragic incident, an assailant – who had a history of mental health issues – killed two people and injured nine.
"I'm not sure why this man chose my movie to end those two lives and injure nine others, but it was very personal for me," Schumer said during the press conference. "We always find out how the shooter got their gun, and it's often something that shouldn't have happened in the first place."
"The critics scoff and say there's no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things, but they're wrong. There is a way to stop them. Preventing dangerous people from getting guns is very possible."
The Rolling Stone reported that Sen. Schumer outlined a three-action proposal for combating gun violence.
First, he detailed new legislation planned to financially reward states which submit all necessary records into the background check system and penalize those that do not.
Second, he requested the Department of Justice write a report comparing all states' standards for involuntary mental health commitment.
Finally, he urged Congress to increase funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in hopes of offering treatment to those in need.
Watch the co-hosts of "The Five" react above and see the Schumers' press conference below.