Amy Schumer capped off a day speaking out against gun violence in America by sitting down with an interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.
“Man, what a bummer,” Schumer said when asked by Stewart about the July 23 mass shooting in a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater during a screening of Trainwreck. Two women were killed in the shooting, while nine other suffered injuries.
“I was legit heartbroken just to get that news,” Schumer said. “I got a call, and I had a lot of missed calls, so I assumed there was a sex tape of me out or something. I was kind of preparing for that and to hear that news, it broke my heart,. It was so horrible.”
On Monday, Schumer held a joint press conference with her cousin, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, to make a plea for tighter gun control laws in America.
“I’m not sure why this man chose my movie to end those two lives and injure nine others, but it was very personal for me,” Schumer said during the press conference. “We always find out how the shooter got their gun and it’s always something that never should have happened in the first place.”
Over the weekend, Sarah Clements, a gun control advocate whose mother survived the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut in 2012, wrote Schumer an open letter asking her to become a voice against gun violence in America. Schumer responded on Twitter by writing she was “on it,” a sentiment the actress reiterated during her interview with Stewart.
“The second this happened, you want to act,” she said on The Daily Show. “I wanted to go down there and do whatever I could.”