Following the shooting at a Louisiana screening of her movie, Trainwreck, comedian and actress Amy Schumer and her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer, have called out for better gun control.
The shooting last month was one of more than 200 which have occurred this year in the United States.
During their press conference, the pair called for tighter gun control. This strategy would see more transparent background checks of those looking to purchase a gun. The three tiered approach also called for incentives for the state governments to get on board as well as penalties for those who do not. Finally, it would see increased funding for mental health services.
“We’re here today to say enough is enough to mass shootings in our schools, college campuses, our military bases end even in our movie theatres,” the actress pleaded.
“These are not extreme ideas. No one wants to live in a country where a felon, the mentally ill or other dangerous people can get their hands on a gun with such ease.”
The gunman, who killed two people and injured another nine, had a history of mental health issues.
Schumer said the shooting was committed by a man who “shouldn’t have been able to put his hands on a gun in the first place,” and added that “unless something is done and done soon, dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns”.
Although this press conference has received a large amount of coverage, many in the US believe that the argument for tighter gun laws stands little chance of becoming law due to the National Rifle Assocation and their influence on the US congress.
However, Amy Schumer has vowed that this will not be the last we hear from her.
“These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence,” she said, “but I promise you they will not be my last.”