‘Trainwreck’ star Amy Schumer vows to join movement to end mass shootings in response to open letter
Comedian Amy Schumer has vowed to add her voice to the chorus of people trying to stop the constant stream of mass shootings in the United States after a woman whose mother survived the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary attack penned an open letter, the New York Daily News reports.
Sarah Clements, whose mother Abbey Clements, survived the mass shooting in which a gunman shot dead 20 small children and six school staff at Sandy Hook Elemetary, wrote to the star, whose movie “Trainwreck” was showing at a Louisiana theater when John Russell “Rusty” Houser opened fire, killing two young women and wounding nine.
“Your movie — which was so well-received, so brilliant, so you — will now forever have this shooting attached to it. You’ve been caught in the middle of our country’s terrifying, unending war with itself, our sick and twisted relationship with the gun lobby, which tells us we need guns for anyone, anywhere, anytime,” Clements wrote in the open letter to Schumer. “Search your movie ‘Trainwreck’ on Google and a scroll-down suggestion will now be ‘Trainwreck shooting.'”
Clements pleaded with Schumer that “we need your voice in this movement. We need your help.”
Schumer responded by tweeting that she thinks about the two women who died in the Louisiana shooting, Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33, every day.
“Don’t worry I’m on it. You’ll see,” Schumer promised.
After the July 23 shooting, Schumer had tweeted, “My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana.”
Schumer has in fact pointedly skewered America’s attitude toward guns in a fake birth control commercial, which shows her being forced to jump through hoops to get it. At the end of the commercial, after Schumer has been made to ask a gamut of men whether she can get birth control, a child walks up to the pharmacist and asks, “Can I have a gun?” The pharmacist replies, “Yup!” and tosses one over the counter.