Amy Schumer has responded to an open letter calling for her become a voice against gun violence in the wake of the shooting during a screening of Trainwreck on July 23 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Sarah Clements, whose mother survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, shared the open letter Friday on Medium.com, asking Schumer to 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.”
Schumer replied a day later on Twitter, saying, “Her name was Mayci, not Marci and I think about her and Jillian everyday. Don’t worry I’m on it. You’ll see.”
Schumer is referring to Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33, who were both killed when a gunman police identified as John Russell Houser opened fire during the movie, also injuring nine others, before taking his own life.
According to Clements’s letter, women have been begun leading the movement of gun violence prevention, and Schumer has an opportunity to say and do more with her celebrity platform.
“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.”
You can read Clements’ full letter here.