Amy Schumer has been outspoken on her thoughts regarding gun control since a tragic shooting during a showing of her film Trainwreck earlier this year, and she says she’s not about to back down.
The actress and comedian said during an awards ceremony for Glamour’s Woman of the Year this week that so many people are wrongly informed of what she wants to accomplish. Together with her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer, Amy is trying to change the laws regarding how easy it is to obtain a gun.
“If you’ve been convicted of domestic violence or you’re severely mentally ill, I don’t think you should be able to get a gun. It seems pretty simple, but people’s reaction is, ‘She wants to take our guns,'” Schumer said.
Amy Schumer has been very vocal about the controversial issue and has made it clear that the theater shooting — which injured nine people and left two dead — was extremely personal to her, taking to social media to share how heartbroken she was and to let her followers know the names of the victims. When Sarah Clements — whose mother was a survivor of the Sandy Hook shootings — penned an open letter to Schumer about using her opportunities to be a voice for those who don’t have one, Amy responded immediately and said she was “on it.”
“You are our generation’s epitome of what it means to be a strong, powerful, self-aware champion for the experiences and truths of being a woman and an American today. I know deep down that the Tweet you sent after the shooting was not all that you’ve got. And we need your voice in this movement. As you said and as I’ve learned, what truly matters in life is how you decide to write your own story. And in doing so, don’t apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. Instead, show them it can be done,” Clements wrote.
Schumer spoke at a press conference after the shootings, saying the violence had to stop.
“I’m not sure why this man chose my movie to end those two beautiful lives and injure nine others, but it was very personal for me. Enough is enough. These shootings have got to stop. I don’t know how else to say it,” Amy Schumer said.
— Sarah Clements (@sfclem) October 25, 2015
Amy made headlines over the weekend after she performed a group of stand-up shows in Portland, Maine, and audiences took to social media to complain about the timing of the sets. Schumer reportedly only performed for 47 minutes for one crowd and even less for another. Later, she took to Twitter to assure audiences that the confusion was only because she had to rush through in order to get the next audience in.
“Loved the first crowd in Portland. Felt short to me too. Had to keep the show under 70 mins to move the next crowd in,” she wrote.
Loved the first crowd in Portland. You guys were amazing. Felt short to me too. Had to keep the show under 70 mins to move the next crowd in
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) November 8, 2015
Schumer wowed on the red carpet at the Glamour event — which she hosted — and stopped to pose with Selena Gomez, who chose a scarlet frock similar in shade to Amy’s. The star-studded event honored several celebrities and women’s organizations, including the U.S. women’s soccer team as well as Reese Witherspoon, Victoria Beckham, Caitlyn Jenner, dancer Misty Copeland, Elizabeth Holmes, and Cecile Richards.
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