Comedienne Amy Schumer advocates for stricter gun laws in New York [Watch Video]

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Comedian Amy Schumer poses at the 22nd annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles, California October 19, 2015. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Actress Amy Schumer has spoken out about the Grand 16 movie theatre shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, which took place on Thursday, July 23 during the screening of her film, “Trainwreck.”

Speaking at New York's City Hall on Sunday with her cousin, Senator Charles "Chuck" Schumer, the actress said she was still quite shocked about the incident and often wonders why the 59-year-old gunman, named John Russell Houser, picked her movie as his background when committing the heinous crime. Houser injured nine and killed two, before killing himself.

Schumer also called for stricter gun laws, and advocated the use of social media and traditional activism as the platform to take action. The duo came together for Amy’s "crusade on guns" while discussed the Louisiana shooting.

The “Girls” star also took the opportunity to introduce the hashtag #aimingforchange to support her cause against the misuse of guns. The two Schumers first announced their partnership in August to grow awareness for the importance of gun control laws.


"I'm not sure why this man chose my movie to end those two lives and injure nine others, but it was very personal for me. We always find out how the shooter got their gun and it's always something that never should have happened in the first place," Amy said in a press conference, according to an E! Online report.

Schumer and Schumer requested American lawmakers to support a new bill which is sponsored by the New York democrat. The bill will play a significant role in overcoming the loophole which allows the unrestricted sale of guns. Most guns are currently sold without background checks at gun shows and even online. The Schumers aim to start an online movement by using various social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Following the Louisiana shooting, Schumer had posted a message on her official Twitter account.

"My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana," Amy tweeted.

Several Twitter users including Sarah Clements and Danielle L. Vabner thanked Amy for her #aimingforchange movement against guns. They also expressed their support for the Schumers' cause.

Watch the Amy Schumer, Senator Chuck Schumer Team Up for Gun Legislation video here:



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