Amy Schumer Recalls Finding Out About 'Trainwreck' Shooting: 'It Broke My Heart'
Amy Schumer has recalled the heart-breaking moment she found out there had been a deadly shooting during a showing of her new movie, Trainwreck.
A gunman opened fire while the film played at a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater on July 23, killing two young women before taking his own life.
The comedian spoke about finding out about the tragedy as she appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Monday.
"I was like legit heartbroken just to get that news,” she said. “I got a call and I had a lot of missed calls so assumed there was a sex tape of me out, or something...
"To hear that news, it broke my heart. It was so horrible."
She appeared on the show after calling for gun control at a press conference in New York on Monday.
"I don't know why he chose my movie but it's very personal to me," Schumer said at the press conference. "I've thought about these victims each day since the tragedy.”
She appeared beside New York Senator Chuck Schumer, her second cousin once removed.
"We're here to say enough is enough," he said. "We can't just sit back and allow mass shootings to become commonplace... How many breaking news flashes will it take for Congress to act?"
Amy Schumer added that the gunman, who had a history of mental illness, "shouldn't have been able to put his hand on a gun in the first place."
"The critics scoff and say, 'Well, there's no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things,' but they're wrong," she said. "There is a way to stop them. Preventing danergous people from getting guns is very possible."
The pair announced a new public iniative to tackle gun violence.
The plan focuses on background checks and mental health funding. They will also plan to take their fight to Congress, where they will push for mental health and substance-abuse program funding.
During the press conference, Amy Schumer refused to utter the name of the Alabama drifter who pulled the trigger, killing Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson.
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