After last month’s tragic cinema shooting at a screening of the Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, the actress is teaming up with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer for new public initiative taking on gun violence.
And yes, the two are in fact related, Schumer and Schumer are cousins.
Announced earlier today, the initiative comes in the wake of a July movie theater shooting in Louisiana, which left 3 people dead and nine wounded after a gunman-opened fire during a Trainwreck screening.
The initiative will take a three-pronged approach to fighting mass shootings, focusing on background checks and mental health research. Sen. Schumer will unveil legislation that rewards states with funding for submitting all necessary records into background check systems and penalizes states that don’t submit records.
Schumer and Schumer will also call on the Department of Justice to release information and make recommendations about how states handle “involuntary mental health commitments,” and plan to take their push to Congress, advocating for mental health and substance abuse program funding.
Amy Schumer hinted she was getting involved with gun rights activism this weekend after Sara Clements, whose mother survived the Sandy Hook shooting, wrote an open letter to Schumer calling on the actress to take action.
“Don’t worry I’m on it,” Schumer wrote in a tweet to Clements. “You’ll see.”
Shortly after news of the July shooting broke, the Trainwreck star tweeted about the devastating events.
“One of the reasons we make these movies is because the world can be so horrifying and we all need to laugh just to deal with it,” said Trainwreck director Judd Apatow in a statement. “So to have this happen in a room where people were smiling and laughing devastates me. My thoughts and love go out to the victims and anyone touched by this madness or any madness. We, as a country, need to find a way to do better.”