When a gunman killed two women and injured 9 other people during a showing of Amy Schumer's new movie "Trainwreck" in Lafayette, Lousiana, on July 23, the actress was obviously devastated. But, she also took it as a call to action to beef up our country's approach to gun control.
A daughter of one of the survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre wrote an open letter to Amy a week after the Lafayette shootings, calling for her to use her voice as a celebrity to make these changes happen.
Not long after, Schumer took to Twitter to say she was "on it."
And we did see. Today (Aug. 3), Amy and her cousin, veteran Congressman and New York Senator Chuck Schumer (who you might know from just about any graduation ceremony in New York) gave a press conference to show just what they want to do about the issues of gun control while weighing in on another component of the conversations surrounding mass shootings: mental illness.
The Schumer dynamic duo has come up with a new three-part initiative, CBS news reports, that would not only address the inconstant ways states handle gun access, but also look deeper at how it intersects with the country's lack of support for people with mental illness.
"The critics scoff and say, 'Well, there's no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things,'" Amy Schumer said at the press conference. "But they're wrong."
First, it would offer some incentive for states to share the data they have on "felons, spousal abusers and the adjudicated mentally ill." States would get funding if they shared this information, but wouldn't get that funding if they didn't.
Second, Sen. Schumer called for the Justice Department to look at all 50 states on their mental health standards to come up with some "best practices" on a national level.
Third, the Schumers called for congress to not implement the $159 million cuts that would remove federal funding for mental health treatment programs and instead said our government should prioritize funding mental health and substance abuse program fully.
Even though previous shootings have yet to inspire a change in our gun control policies, the survivors, legislators and families of victims continue to push for larger-scale system reform. And Sen. Schumer believes those voices are going to be heard.
"There are so many killings, so many needless killings, that every day the [gun control] movement grows," Sen. Schumer said.
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