Comedienne, senator team up to call for stricter gun control

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The issue of gun control has come front and center again with stand-up comedienne and actress Amy Schumer teaming up with New York Senator Charles Schumer in unveiling a three-part plan to would make it more difficult for violent criminals and the mentally ill to obtain guns.

Speaking before reporters in New York, Sen. Schumer said, “We’re here to say enough is enough. We can’t just sit back and allow mass shootings to become common place in the United States.”

They cited last month’s shooting in Lousiana, where a man opened fire in a La Fayette movie theater, killing two people before turning the gun on himself. He was in the theater during a screening of Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck”.

She shared, “When I heard about this news, I was completely devastated. I just wanted to go down to Louisiana. And then I was angry. My heart goes out to Jillian and Mayci, to the survivors, to the families and everyone who’s tied to this tragic, senseless and horrifying actions of this man who shouldn’t have been able to put his hands on a gun in the first place.”

The actress and comic joined forces with her relative, Sen. Schumer, to discuss new legislation to combat gun violence. The proposed measure would monetarily reward states that submit information to the federal background check system. States that don’t comply would be penalized. The senator also called on congress to preserve mental health funding and substance abuse programs.

“How many breaking news flashes will it take for Congress to act. How many tears, how many lives lost. We need to talk about the solutions to gun violence and to fight hard to get the right folks on the right side of history,” related Sen. Schumer.

The Schumers’ call for stricter gun control laws come at a time when homicides are on the rise in major U.S. cities. In Washington, DC, there have been 87 homicides this year — up from 69 last year. In Baltimore, there have been 179 homicides this year — compared to 115 from last year. And in Chicao, there have been 252 homicides this year — an increase from 209 last year.

President Barack Obama has been pushing for stricter gun control measures but these have stalled in Congress in recent years. Senator Schumer said his proposals should get support in Washington, pointing out that with so many killings happening all over the country everyday — the movement to make America safer will only grow.

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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