Comedian and actress Amy Schumer is teaming up with her cousin, New York Sen. Charles Schumer, for a new public initiative tackling gun violence.
The two Schumers held a news conference in New York Monday and unveiled a proposal drafted by the senator.
“Unless something is done and done soon, dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns. We know what can happen when they do.” said Amy Schumer.
The news conference comes in wake of the shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, last month where two women were killed and at least nine other people were injured at a screening of Amy Schumer’s new movie “Trainwreck.”
Amy Schumer called for unanimous support on the three-part proposal, saying they were “common sense solutions.”
“The critics scoff and say there is no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things but they are wrong, there is a way to stop them,” said Amy Schumer.
The three-part plan will create monetary rewards for states that submit all necessary records into the background check system and penalize states that do not, according to the Associated Press. The plan also calls on Congress to preserve mental health funding and substance abuse programs.
“These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I can promise you, they will not be my last,” said Amy Schumer.
The actress hinted at her involvement in gun control over the weekend, after Sara Clements, whose mother survived the Sandy Hook shooting, wrote an open letter to Schumer calling for the actress to take action. Amy Schumer responded to Clements via Twitter saying “Don’t worry I’m on it. You’ll see.”