Actress and comedian Amy Schumer has teamed up with Sen. Chuck Schumer (yes, there is a — distant — relation) to push for stricter gun laws.
The initiatives come after a movie theatre shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana left three people dead and nine wounded when a gunman, later identified as John Russell Houser, openfired at a showing of Schumer’s movie, Trainwreck.
According to a report by Entertainment Weekly Sara Clements, whose mother survived the Sandy Hook shooting, wrote an open letter to Shumer in response to the shooting:
“I and many other Millennials look up to you so much. You are our generation’s epitome of what it means to be a strong, powerful, self-aware champion for the experiences and truths of being a woman and an American today,” she wrote in part, adding. “I know deep down that the tweet you sent after the shooting was not all that you’ve got. And we need your voice in this movement. We need your help.”
The actress responded via twitter saying, “Don’t worry I’m on it. You’ll see.”
And she was, because this Monday, the pair had released the following plan of action, according to an article by USA Today:
The plan will take a three-pronged approach to fighting mass shootings, focusing on background checks and mental health funding. Sen. Schumer will unveil legislation that rewards states with funding for submitting all necessary records into background check systems and penalizes states that don’t submit records.
Schumer and Schumer will also call on the Department of Justice to release information and make recommendations about how states handle “involuntary mental health commitments,” and plan to take their push to Congress, advocating for mental health and substance abuse program funding.
Background checks and mental health funding are not the most groundbreaking ideas. For years, the NRA has lobbied in support of such programs.
The fundamental difference between Schumer and the NRA is where they draw the line on governmental gun control.
For many of us background checks are like airport security. It’s a freedom given up in order to preserve a greater freedom — life. But how much personal freedom do we give up before it is no longer considered living?
Gun safety is good. Government interference is not. How far is too far? Let’s hope we never find out.