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Amy Schumer Didn't Back Down on Mass Shootings With Jon Stewart

On the same day that she held a press conference about gun control with her cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York), actress/comedian Amy Schumer appeared on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" and discussed her efforts at reducing gun violence.

At the beginning of her appearance, Stewart mentioned the incident in which a Louisiana man opened fire during a screening of Schumer's movie "Trainwreck" and killed two people. Schumer said that she was shaken by the fact that people were killed while watching her movie. As a result, she plans to be outspoken about reforming our gun laws, including a call to mandate stronger background checks on people who want to purchase guns.

Schumer said that she thinks about the victims of the tragedy daily.

 

“This is a horrible thing," Stewart said. "This movie is amazing, but this crazy shooting that happened, that must have rocked you to your core."

“Yeah, what a bummer," Amy Schumer responded. "I was legit heartbroken. I got a call, and I had a lot of missed calls, so I assumed there was a sex tape of me out or something and I was kind of preparing for that and to hear that news broke my heart."

At the New York press conference, the Schumers announced a three-part legislative gun control plan to make it more difficult for those with violent pasts or mental health issues to obtain guns. During Monday's press event, Amy Schumer made a subtle but important statement by choosing not to identify the Louisiana shooter by name.

 
Amy Schumer's emotional response to the recent "Trainwreck" th...

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"These shootings have got to stop," an emotional Amy Schumer said at the conference. "For me, the pain I share with so many other Americans on the issue of gun violence was made extremely personal to me on July 23 when ... I'm not even going to say his name ... He sat down for my movie 'Trainwreck' at The Grand Theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two lives were tragically lost and others injured. And I've thought about these victims each day since the tragedy."

"Preventing dangerous people from getting guns is very possible,” Amy Schumer told reporters. "These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I promise you they will not be my last."

"I’m expecting a backlash and I’ll handle it," she said.