Ellen DeGeneres tweets support for Amy Schumer following gun control speech
Ellen DeGeneres was among the celebrities to praise Amy Schumer following the Trainwreck star’s plea for stricter gun control laws.
“I support you and I love you. Thank you for speaking up for gun control today,” wrote DeGeneres to Schumer on Twitter.
Schumer was quick to respond to DeGeneres’ kind words. “I love you,” she wrote.
Schumer and her cousin, New York Senator Charles Schumer, held a joint press conference in New York on Monday to discuss the issue of gun violence in America.
“For me, the pain I share with so many other Americans on the issue of gun violence was made extremely personal to me on Thursday, July 23 when — I’m not even going to say his name — when this … when he sat down for my movie Trainwreck at the Grand Theater in Lafayette, Louisiana,” Schumer said.
On July 23, two women were murdered and nine others were injured when a gunman opened fire inside a movie theater showing Schumer’s new comedy. The gunman later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“These shootings have got to stop,” Amy Schumer said. “I don’t know how else to say it.”
During the press conference, Sen. Schumer announced a three-point blueprint to cut down on gun violence, including introducing new legislation that creates a system of rewards and penalties that submit records into the system for background checks, pressing the Department of Justice to report on states’ involuntary mental health commitments, and calling on Congress to set aside more funds for mental health and substance abuse programs.
DeGeneres wasn’t the only celebrity to praise Schumer. Her Trainwreck director, Judd Apatow, also tweeted his support.