Amy Schumer: I Think About the Lafayette Shooting Victims Everyday
Amy Schumer has responded to a request for women celebrities to stand up for tighter gun control laws, and it seems like the new Hollywood "it" girl is ready to become a voice for the cause.
On July 23, a gunman opened fire in a movie theater in Lafayette, La. during a showing of Schumer's well-received comedy, Trainwreck. The gunman killed two victims (both female) and injured nine others. Schumer took to Twitter that night to express her remorse, stating, "My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana."
One week later, Medium posted an op-ed titled "An Open Letter to Amy Schumer" written by Sarah Clements, the daughter of a teacher who survived the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
In the letter, Clements writes, "Amy Schumer, 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."
Referencing Schumer's tweet, Clements continues, "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."
"Join your colleagues Sarah Silverman and Kristen Schaal. Join our movement. Write an op-ed. Support an organization. Demand change. Be a voice for our generation and for women — two groups who make up most of the victims of the gun violence in our country."
On Sat. Aug 1, Schumer acknowledged the piece and admitted that she thinks of the victims everyday. She also suggested that she has plans to join the fight against gun violence soon, although she did not reveal what her plans will be.
Schumer has comically tackled several social issues on her hit Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer, including her take on Hollywood sexism in a sketch titled 'Last F--kable Day' co-starring Tina Fey and Patricia Arquette.