No one cares about my review of comedian Amy Schumer’s big screen debut.
The real reason Schumer deserves our attention right now is due to her immediate reaction and response to the horrific shooting that occurred in a screening of her movie “Trainwreck”. On July 23, about 20 minutes into a showing of the romantic comedy, John Russell Houser opened fire in a Lafayette, LA movie theater, killing two and injuring nine before turning the gun on himself. In response to an open letter written by Sarah Clements, the daughter of a Sandy Hook shooting survivor, Amy Schumer, with a simple tweet, assured everyone that she plans to do more than just offer her condolences. She plans to incite change.
Today, Schumer joined her cousin, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, in a call to action to change gun control laws. Specifically, she called for the toughening of background checks and the stop of firearm sales to individuals with a violent history or a history of mental illness.
“The critics scoff and say, ‘Well, there’s no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things,’ but they’re wrong. There is a way to stop them. Preventing dangerous people from getting guns is very possible.”
Senator Schumer then proposed an incentive program that rewards states that submit extensive information to the federal databases that are used to prevent those with a history of violence or mental illness from purchasing guns, while penalizing those states that don’t. Overall, his plan aims, not to put new restrictions on gun purchases, but rather improve the system of background checks one needs to pass to buy a gun.
While it’s impossible to say if Houser selected Schumer’s movie as a target due to its feminist ideals (something he was adamantly against), the choice struck a chord with Amy Schumer. She has never been one to shy away from using her comedy as a means of social commentary about today’s world. I can only hope that she continues to use her platform to help right some of the many wrongs we’re facing these days. Someone’s got to.
Another comedian, Rebel Wilson who is from Australia, summed it up perfectly in a tweet following the shooting:
Lives were lost in this disgusting act of hatred. The least we can do is hope it was not in vain.
Thoughts and prayers with the families of the victims. Let’s make a change.