NY Post: Amy Schumer broke her funny-girl persona Monday, becoming teary-eyed as she vowed to fight for tougher gun laws in the US after a deadly shooting broke out in a Louisiana movie theater that was playing her summer blockbuster.
Schumer got emotional as soon as she stepped up to the podium at a packed press conference with her second cousin, Sen. Charles Schumer, on Monday in midtown. “I’m not sure why this man [the gunman] chose my movie to end those two beautiful lives and injure nine others, but it was very personal for me,” the “Trainwreck” star said, her voice wavering as she struggled to continue. “Enough is enough. These shootings have got to stop. I don’t know how else to say it,” she added.
The unlikely duo announced a three-pronged plan that would increase background checks nationwide as well as make it more difficult for the mentally ill and violent criminals to get their hands on guns. “Sensible legislation can happen,” the New York senator said. “The Second Amendment says you have the right to bear arms, but it is not absolute.”
He added that his cousin’s star power would boost their chances to pass actual legislation. “Having people like Amy speaking out reaches people who I could never reach,” the senator said.
Amy Schumer, who is known as an outspoken comedienne, said she’s not against the Second Amendment, but thinks there need to be restrictions. “I am expecting a backlash and I’ll handle it the way I’ve handled it the last 10 years. I’ve had death threats and a lot of hate directed toward me,” she said.
The “Inside Amy” funnywoman is planning a trip to Louisiana to spend time with the families of the two young women who lost their lives in the Lafayette shooting on July 23 — when a 59-year-old gunman entered the Grand 16 movie theater and opened fire. The shooter injured nine others before turning his .40-caliber handgun on himself.
Wonder if Schumer and Schumer are aware of the “sensible gun legislation” in Chicago? Perhaps not. After all, a gunman didn’t kill anyone in Amy’s movie there. Guess even the death of Dillan Harris wasn’t “personal” enough for her.