When a man (whose name I don’t know and refuse to look up because f*ck that guy) opened fire during a Louisiana screening of Trainwreck earlier this year, I was surprised by the response aimed at Amy Schumer. If the internet was to be believed, she was now suddenly responsible for ending gun violence, or at least redirecting her career to be a spokesperson for a movement, despite the fact that no one has has asked the same from Christopher Nolan, the owner of Los Angeles’ Comedy Store, or various mall employees nationwide. This is not at all to say that the issue of gun violence wasn’t worthy of her time. It just seemed a strange and unreasonable demand to foist upon a comedian.
Fortunately, though, Schumer didn’t refuse this call. Not because it’s now her duty to take up this cause, but because it turned out to be something she felt passionate about.
@cdickason11 @sfclem Her name was Mayci, not Marci and I think about her and Jillian everyday. Don't worry I'm on it. You'll see.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 1, 2015
In October, Amy and her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer teamed up to push for new gun control legislation. We haven’t heard too much about this since, but Schumer addressed the issue— and how weird people can be in regard to this subject— at the Baby Buggy Gala this past Monday. (Baby Buggy, by the by, is an foundation created by Jessica Seinfeld, which provides children’s necessities to families in need.) Schumer started by saying that she gets it; she’s a celebrity, not a senator or a scholar. Still, she really does care.
Nobody really likes when famous people get involved in politics because you’re just like, ‘Eww, shut up, you’re an idiot.’ And you’re like, ‘Okay, you’re right.’ But there was a shooting during one of the screenings of my movie this summer in July in Lafayette, Louisiana, and these two girls, Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, died, and I was very, very upset.Schumer says, though, that people get f*cking weird when you say ANYTHING about their guns. Because, to be clear, AMY SCHUMER DOES NOT WANT TO BAN GUNS. Take a look at these very basic, reasonable guidelines that the Schumers were advocating.
Reasonable, right? Nope! No such thing!
All we were fighting for was for people who have been convicted of domestic violence or if they are severely mentally ill, like, I don’t think you should be able to get a gun. Just again, I want to say: convicted of domestic abuse or if you’re severely mentally ill that you not be able to get a gun. Which seems pretty simple, but I’ve learned through Twitter and live events that what a lot of people hear is ‘You want to take all our guns!’
I’m like, ‘Oh my god, no, you seem great. You should get more guns.’ I’m just talking about the severely mentally ill — ‘You’re taking all our amendments. What’s next — you’re going to fuck animals?’ And I’m like, ‘I’ve been fucking animals for my whole life, sir.’
Thank you, Amy Schumer, for always letting us know where you stand. Trainwreck taught me that you are pro-sneaking wine into movie theaters, and this bit taught the world that you are obviously anti-guns for EVERYONE EVERYWHERE, but pro- goat boning.