Amy Schumer and Senator Schumer Team Up Against Guns

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On Sunday, actress and comedian Amy Schumer appeared alongside her (second) cousin New York senator Chuck Schumer at a rally for tougher gun-control laws outside of New York’s City Hall. Together they kicked off #AimingForChange, a social-media campaign in support of a new gun-control bill being proposed by Senator Schumer.

Senator Schumer’s bill itself takes aim at loopholes that allow guns to be purchased more easily at gun shows and online. The bill is also intended to tighten the rules that govern background checks and curb guns from getting across state lines. According to Senator Schumer, 85 percent of guns used in a crime in New York come from out of state.

Gun control recently became important to the funnier Schumer after a man in Louisiana opened fire at a screening of her movie Trainwreck, killing two women and injuring nine others. “I don’t know why he picked my movie,” Schumer said. “It is something I live with every day.”

This is the second time this year that the two Schumers have appeared together in their “crusade against guns.” Days after the Louisiana theater shooting, both of them turned out in support of a plan to strengthen background checks in order to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.